Play Memory is a creative way to get middle-school kids to discuss and/or write about complicated issues relevant to their lives. Children’s book authors Julie Sternberg and Marcie Colleen have collected short audio clips in which storytellers share memories from their childhood. (We also include written transcripts of the audio.) For each memory, we propose writing prompts for students as well as questions for classroom discussion. Topics range from moments when storytellers have experienced bullying or been bullies themselves; to the first time they remember doing something they knew to be wrong; to difficulties in their home lives; to the effects of keeping secrets. We hope each story helps kids think through issues that can be difficult to address but impossible to avoid.
Illustration by Matthew Cordell