I’m still working things out, but the skeleton of my idea for a literacy project for my middle school students is this:
Students interview a doctor or nurse (maybe over email or Google Docs). They get to choose the questions, but I’m assuming it will touch on what their job has been like during the pandemic, what do they want people to know. Students will then write a script based on the interview and record an audio essay/podcast.
This ties into one of the themes of the book my 8th graders just finished, bearing witness. My students also have a natural curiosity about COVID and I feel this will channel that into something more positive.