The National Writing Project (NWP), founded in 1974, focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation’s educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners. In partnership with Walton Arts Center, Northwest Arkansas Writing Project at the University of Arkansas teacher consultants created 3-5th grade lesson plans to support teachers throughout the state improve student understanding of Arkansas history. Lesson ideas that relate to the Digging Up Arkansas themes of Communication, Cooperation, Courage and Culture equip teachers to implement pre and post-activities in their classrooms that engage students in writing.

Lessons relating to Communication

> Pre-performance activity about "Communication"
Created by Digging Up Arkansas Playwright Mike Thomas, Ramay Junior High 

> Pre-performance activity about "Communication"
Created by Jo Stevens & Della Hutcheson, Eastside Elementary

> Post-performance activity about "Communication"
Created by Digging Up Arkansas Playwright Mike Thomas, Ramay Junior High

> Post-performance activity about "Communication"
Created by Jo Stevens & Della Hutcheson, Eastside Elementary 

Lessons relating to Cooperation

> Pre-performance activity about "Cooperation"
Created by Tina Hoisington, Old High Middle School

> Post-performance activity about "Cooperation"
Created by Tina Hoisington, Old High Middle School

>Monologue Powerpoint Activity about "Cooperation"
Created by Tina Hoisington

>Monologue Worksheet about "Cooperation"
Created by Tina Hoisington 

Lessons relating to Courage

> Pre-performance activity about "Courage"
Created by Jo Stevens & Della Hutcheson, Eastside Elementary

> Post-performance activity about "Courage"
Created by Jo Stevens & Della Hutcheson, Eastside Elementary 

Lessons relating to Culture

>Pre-performance activity about "Culture"
Created by Mrs. Donna LeBert, Bentonville Public Schools

> Post-performance activity about "Culture"
Created by Mrs. Donna LeBert, Bentonville Public Schools


The National Writing Project (NWP) university-based sites serve all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. Since 1997, the Northwest Arkansas Writing Project at the University of Arkansas, has addressed the writing instruction needs specific to Northwest Arkansas. NWAWP offers courses and programs for teachers throughout the school year, provides inservice presentations at local school districts, and creates opportunities for students to experience a writing project-like atmosphere through youth programming. For more information about NWAWP, visit www.nwawp.org or contact Director, Dr. Goering at cgoering@uark.edu.