Share Your Story Project

Coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, has changed our lives in many different ways. You know that it’s important to stay home and be safe, but you may also feel bored, lonely, frustrated, or scared. No matter how you feel, millions of us are experiencing those same feelings.

Storytelling is an important part of history. People tell stories to pass important information from one generation to the next. They may write about their experiences in a journal, or draw pictures to express how they are feeling. Many years from now, people will share the journals, artwork, poetry, songs, and stories that they created during the coronavirus outbreak to help others understand what happened.

Your feelings and experiences are part of our shared history. What would you tell others about how you are coping with changes in your life from COVID-19?

Read students' stories in our latest ebook here

Ideas to Help You Get Started

  • How have things changed for you, your friends, and your family?
  • What are you doing to help keep you and your family safe?
  • How do you, your friends, and your family stay in touch?
  • How are you helping to support others in your school or local community?
  • What would you like to remember about this time 20 years from now?
    (Or: Imagine yourself 20 years in the future. What would you tell people about the coronavirus?)
  • Create a drawing, painting, or other illustration showing how you feel. Can you identify and express your emotions or feelings through colors, shapes, or lines?
  • Create a drawing, painting, cartoon, or other illustration of an event or memory that is particularly important to you.

Each month, editors at Rosen Classroom will select a collection of stories and artwork and publish those works in an ebook. Ebooks will be available on Rosen LevelUp (works from students in grades PreK–2) and Rosen LightSail (works from students in grades 3–12). Some stories and artwork will also be selected for publication in print.

All authors or artists of published works will receive a certificate of recognition from Rosen Classroom.

Guidelines for Creating Your Story or Artwork

  • Students in grades PreK through 12 are eligible to participate.
  • Suggested story length: 200–1,000 words.
  • Authors will be identified by first name and state only.
  • Submissions can be in English or Spanish.
  • We can’t return submissions, so keep a copy of your work for yourself.
  • Stories may be edited, and we reserve the right to publish our edited version without your prior approval.
  • Selected stories and works of art will be included in ebooks and published monthly on Rosen LevelUp and Rosen-LightSail. Some stories will also be selected for publication in a print volume.
  • All authors or artists of selected works will receive a certificate of recognition from Rosen Classroom. This certificate will be sent to the parent/guardian email address provided.
  • All works submitted become the property of Rosen Classroom and all copyrights are assigned to Rosen Classroom. We retain the non-exclusive rights to publish all such works in any format.

Note for Teachers

During this unprecedented time for educators, finding activities and projects that support your students’ education and mental health can be challenging.

In order to support you, we have considered the literacy skills that you are likely teaching, reviewing, or reinforcing during this time. These include finding connections, making predictions, sequencing, creating mental images, calling on background knowledge, asking questions, planning writing, revising drafts, and others. We have provided integration ideas aligned to these skills to assist in instructional support. These integration ideas also encourage your students to document and make historical records, to share their emotions and thoughts about their personal experiences, and to be mindful of the world around them as you help them navigate new ways to stay connected and to keep learning.

Submit Your Story or Artwork Here:

* Indicates a required field.