Overview: This activity asks students to think about the role writing can play in imagining a better world. It is a particularly useful exercise in times of worldwide protests of racial inequity and when there happens to be a global pandemic upending all of life as we know it.
Activity title: Writing to imagine what is possible
Author(s): Emily Polk
Course: PWR 1, PWR 2, or both
Activity length and schedule: This activity takes about 50 minutes. It is a great writing warm-up exercise. It works best in the week between the TiC and the first draft of the RBA.
1. After mapping out where you are in the quarter in terms of their research, ask students to consider broadly the role of writing in our “current moment.” What are some possibilities for writing to create social change?
2. Introduce students to this bell hooks quote: “The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is-it's to imagine what is possible.” Ask them to change the word “art” to “writing”
3. Ask students to answer the following questions:
4. After 15 minutes of free-write, put students into small groups to share what they have written.
5. Come back together as a whole class and share writing, small group discussion, new ideas for moving forward, etc.