In My Ultimate Fantasy World, students will have the opportunity to explore an imaginary world they would love to live in. Students will identify the seed of that imaginary world that appeals to them most and then explore everything they already know about that world.
Time will also be spent discussing other elements to consider when building fantastical, imaginary worlds, such as how magic, education, money, etc. works in that world, what other creatures inhabit the world, the role nature and buildings/architecture play within the world, and more.
Using a series of writing prompts, students will have the chance to dig deeper into that world, and to share out their work. Students will walk away with a more developed fantasy world and action items for what they can do next.
Open to youth students in grades 5-8.
About Denise A. Santomauro
Denise Santomauro is a writer, editor, author coach, and teaching artist. She has over a decade of experience in arts education working with young people of all ages. As an arts educator, she's worked with the Auditorium Theatre, Columbia College, Northern Illinois University, Imagination Theater, and more, and has taught fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting classes, as well as used the performing arts as a way to help young people tell their stories. In her own writing, she has written middle grade and young adult novels, developed plays and scenes for young people, contributed content to many blogs, been published in the Dear Sister anthology, and performed live lit around Chicago. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
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