Great World Texts is a collaboration between Writing Program faculty and students and New York City public high school teachers and students. Each year we choose a canonical work or "contemporary classic," and develop complementary multimedia classroom resources.
Through a special tutorial, undergraduate students become mentors in the high schools, assisting in the reading, discussing and writing about the text. Over the course of the semester, the mentors assist the high school students in developing writing projects inspired by the book. For our fifth year, we've chosen the Anglo-Saxon, medieval epic, Beowulf. Students will read poet Seamus Heaney's translation in a newly-illustrated edition of the book. For more information, click here.
At the celebration on November 15th, students will read and perform the creative projects they have developed, inspired by Beowulf.