Communication Is A Basic Human Right

Let's Take A Writing Journey Together

Ralph Fletcher Teacher Hangout

Plant Your Seed

Let’s meet Jordyn Zimmerman

Watch the video or choose any of these short articles below, have your teacher read about Jordyn to you or you could read about her story yourself. She is an absolute inspiration and someone we can all learn from. She exemplifies the power of student voice.

Communication as a basic human right

STUDENT VOICE: As a person with autism, I spend lots of time studying, attending class — and explaining that I am not deaf 

A Letter to my IEP team

Using the Harvard Project Zero Thinking Routine – Unveiling Stories. Using this skill you will unpack the multiple layers of meaning to understand Jordyn’s journey of communication. 
In your Writer’s Notebook use these questions to lead your thinking about Jordyn Zimmerman’s Story after exploring the articles:


What is the story?
What is the human story?
What is the world story?
What is the new story?
What is the untold story?

Modelled Thinking

Here is my thinking – Bronwyn Joyce ‘The Global Write’ Creator

Let's Write Together

If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting

Prompt 1

Write Jordyn Zimmerman a letter. Post your letter to The Global Write Wakelet and we will share it with Jordyn. 


NOTE TO TEACHERS – If you wanted to email your student letters to we would be happy to pass them on to Jordyn.

Prompt 2

Journalists can tell a story using many different media: writing, video, audio, illustration—the possibilities are endless. Journalists who use photos to tell stories are called photojournalists. Let’s take a look at how photojournalists use photography skills to engage their audience, and to communicate themes, ideas, and feelings that are central to their story. 

Photo stories are a way we can communicate. Find a photo or photos and create your own photo story about anything that interests you. Use Buncee to make your photo story come to life. Or you could use one of these to create photos to write a story.

Prompt 3

Sign language is another form of communication. Listen to the story of the Sign Language Buddies, a beautiful story of friendship.


Learn the Alphabet and share your learning with us in a video. Maybe you could also share your name or a short story.

View the video to get some tips. 

Let's Create with AMAZELAB

Add the creativity of STEAM to learning, new ideas each week brought to you by the sensational team at AMAZELAB in the UK.

This week we’d like you all to become science communicators, but what’s a science communicator we hear you ask?! Have you heard of David Attenborough? He’s a famous science communicator. 

Your first task is to research the role of the science communicator, what it is they do and why it’s important. 

Find your favourite science communicator (even check out our social media and YouTube as we do a lot of this at Amazelab!) What do you like about them? How have they influenced you? 

Become your very own science communicator. Research a topic you’d like to communicate to others, presenting it how you would like! Ideas include making a video, sharing it with your class or to the school in an assembly or maybe an article for a newsletter. 

Really looking forward to seeing these! 

Take a look at some of the amazing AMAZELAB Science Communicators.

Share Your Thinking & Creativity With The World

Place your AMAZELAB creation on a Buncee and post to ‘The Global Write’ Buncee Board. Take a photo of your work and share it on our Wakelet or tell us all about it in a short video on our Flipgrid.

All you need to do is click on your button of your choice and share your great work with the AMAZELAB Team.

Teacher Resources

For more information on the Unveiling Stories thinking routine go to

The UN Sustainable Goal and Good Life Goal we are supporting this week are:

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