A Bushel of Stories

A Bushel of Stories

Inspiring Young Authors...Writing About Agriculture! Bushel of Stories logo

Write a story about agriculture with the potential to become a real, published author!

Iowa students in grades 3-8 are welcome to participate in this competition.

A Bushel of Stories has been made possible with cooperation between the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation and the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization.

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Teacher Resources

Teachers can use these lessons to help teach the writing process and prepare students to enter the contest. Each lesson includes instructions for in-person learning as well as a virtual adaptation. 

Grades 3-5

  • Lesson 1 - Book Basics: Students will learn features of books including authors, illustrators, fiction vs nonfiction, writing perspectives, the purpose of a story, and will analyze these features in agricultural books. 
  • Lesson 2 - Publication Production: Students will learn about how books are written and produced, from the author’s idea to the library.
  • Lesson 3 - Real Writing: Students will learn writing skills and practice them by creating their own fiction or non-fiction story about agriculture or food production. 

Grades 6-8

  • Lesson 1 - Book Basics: Students will learn features of books including authors, illustrators, fiction vs nonfiction, writing perspectives, the purpose of a story, and will analyze these features in agricultural books.
  • Lesson 2 - Publication Production: Students will learn about how books are written and produced, from the author’s idea to the library.
  • Lesson 3 - Real Writing: Students will learn writing skills and practice them by creating their own fiction or non-fiction story about agriculture or food production.