Friday, January 21, 2011
I can't begin to say how proud I am of these amazing kids!!! These novels were written by the 12 homeschool kids in my Creative Writing class this semester. These kids range in age from 9-14 and they completed novels as long as 150 pages!
These students worked SO hard this semester, but all that sweat and angst has produced 12 exciting novels, including adventure tales, family sagas, science fiction stories, mystery and suspense, coming of age stories and revenge plots. We spent our semester focused on developing well-rounded characters and gripping tales. We focused on setting, mood/tone, details, villains/heroes, conflict, sub-plots and much more. They incorporated these lessons into the novels they were writing and came up with some spectacular ideas.
A long-term project like this takes grit and determination and these kids stuck with it all semester, meeting their word count deadlines and acting as another set of eyes for each other's writing. We worked together to encourage each other and I worked right along with them, writing my own novel during the course of the semester as well. Modeling what I taught really helped my students. They knew I was right there in the trenches with them and we were facing our various writing challenges as a group.
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