National Writing Project

Writing Our Future with American Creed

Date: February 1, 2018

Summary: Through its many stories—set in a range of big cities, small towns, and rural areas around the country—the documentary American Creed wrestles with key issues in America today, including opportunity for all, the meaning of citizenship, and the challenge of meaningful civic participation and dialogue. American Creed will air on PBS on February 27, 2018 at which time your students can join the conversation and add their stories via a national youth publishing site designed and supported by the National Writing Project. Join NWP Radio to hear about this film, learn more about the youth publishing opportunity, and listen to the ways other educators have already been weaving this film and related discussions and writing opportunities into their lesson plans.


Excerpt from Show

Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, NWP Executive Director:

[Letters to the Next President], at that time...was the massive youth publishing platform for young people to write their letter to the next talk about what they thought was significant in the country and what should be paid attention to. So the notion that there could be such a diverse set of voices around the country, young people having a chance to put their voice into a national conversation, even before they could vote, even before they were old enough to vote, that their voice could be seen and heard as part of a national conversation, I think we both felt that that fit American Creed, which is a film which is made up of conversations, and actions by people, about this core idea of what it means to be an American, and how we take that vision of what it means to be an American and let that be a lighthouse for us, to try and better achieve it."


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