With Stone Soup online, educators can:
- Motivate reluctant and struggling young writers to express themselves—either for the magazine or as regular bloggers for the website, or simply by entering a contest
- Challenge your students to create their best work for possible publication and recognition
- Build an understanding of genre and audience through reading real, published works
- Provide examples of exemplary poems, stories, and book reviews—all written by their peers
- Show students who struggle with grammar they can turn this weakness into a unique, expressive strength
- Connect students to a community of other young creators
Talk to your librarian about buying a Stone Soup site license—including a free one-month trial—today!
How might I use Stone Soup in the classroom?
Teachers might wish to use our interviews with YA (young adult) authors in their classrooms. A combination of interviews conducted by Stone Soup book reviewers, and pages that bring together in one place various public accessible web-based resources, these pages can help support an introduction to some of your students’ favourite authors. Used in the classroom, these interviews can help students see that writing isn’t just an “exercise” or “activity.” It is an art and a practice, and writing and publishing makes you an author no matter your age! Seeing writing as more than activity is the first step toward taking writing seriously, as well as toward understanding central ideas in every writing classroom like audience, purpose, and genre.
Seeing writing as more than activity is the first step toward taking writing seriously, as well as toward understanding central ideas in every writing classroom like audience, purpose, and genre.
You might also encourage students to view video interviews with published Stone Soup authors, talking about their own techniques, writing, and experience of being published. Visit our YouTube channel or click here to view our own author interviews. We encourage you to integrate these videos into the classroom: read a Stone Soup story or poem then watch the corresponding author interview. Afterward, you might have students pair up and interview each other about a story, poem, essay, or memoir they have written in your class. Before they leave for the day, have them reflect as a whole class on how thinking of themselves as authors might change how they approach writing in future.
For more ideas and to review and use specific activities, please check out our Teacher’s Resources.
Why should I trust the quality of Stone Soup writing?
Stone Soup is the respected source for writing by children. Following is a partial bibliography of textbooks, books, and educational tests that have reprinted material from Stone Soup. This list is your guarantee that, when you subscribe to Stone Soup for your children or your students, you are buying for them a standard of excellence that is respected throughout the American and Canadian educational establishment. Works from Stone Soup are included in readers, creative writing textbooks, and, even more importantly, educational tests.