Big Class is searching for our next Young Authors' Book Project for the 2017-2018 school year! The Young Authors’ Book Project (YABP) is a collaboration between Big Class and a dedicated high school teacher to produce a professional-quality publication over the course of about six months.
From the ghosts of tortured slaves at LaLaurie House in the French Quarter, to the spirits said to lurk in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans has a reputation as one of the most haunted places in the United States.
I live on Independence; each block a different terrain of street. Some like slabs of moon with craters that can turn a good car’s transmission belly up and puncture the vulnerable underside, and others smooth and quickly driven.
Congrats to our June Volunteer of the Month, Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton! Most recently, Tasheka contributed the BEAUTIFUL book design for History Between These Folds: Personal Narratives by the 11th Grade at G.W. Carver. We cannot thank her enough. Read on to hear more about her experience with that book and others, as well as her own design process. Thanks, Tasheka!
My trickster is a snake, and his name is Jose Lopez Jalson, and one day, he tricked his sister, a baby girl snake named Charlotte. He put a scary doll next to her, so that when she woke up, she screamed.
In the spring of 2017, third graders at Phillis Wheatley Community School read about Compere Lapin, a sly rabbit who was always getting the best of the other animals in the Louisiana bayou. Inspired by these cajun folktales, they wrote their own trickster stories, creating crafty characters and plots with elaborate pranks.
History Between These Folds is a collection of essays written by 11th graders at George Washington Carver High School. The narratives take many forms to chronicle family, neighborhood, identity, and New Orleans, and reconfigure how we think about ourselves in relationship to broader sweeps of history.
On Tuesday (5.23), students of George Washington Carver High School came together at Cafe Istanbul in the Marigny to celebrate not the completion of final exams or impending summer vacation plans, but a nationwide literary endeavor that far beat any yearbook inscription.
Eric Parrie teaches history at G.W. Carver Collegiate Academy. Recently, he gave his students a broad writing assignment: tell the story of a meaningful moment and just tell it as powerfully and beautifully and in as detailed a way as you can....