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May 5, 2020
Using Art to Drive a Story
Using Art to Drive a Story In our most recent Writer's Club, we studied two paintings from Claude-Joseph Vernet. Dissecting elements of each painting beforehand aided us in creating narratives taking place in both landscapes. Students had their stories travel between A Storm on the Mediterranean Coast and A Calm at a Mediterranean Port. The
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November 23, 2019
Exquisite Corpse, A Game

Exquisite Corpse, A Game Exquisite Corpse is an artistic game that traces its roots to the Parisian Surrealist Movement. This collaborative approach, when applied to poetry, allows each contributor to add to the verse only by reading the line before it. Exquisite Corpse was a BLAST at our last Writer's Club! It’s such an interesting

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October 10, 2019
Red, by Haden Bowden

Red, by Haden Bowden     Last Friday was a Day of Poetry in Writer's Club! We explored alliteration, tongue twisters, and closed out our day by creating fun simile-focused poetry about colors. Enjoy this one from Haden Bowden about the color red! Red looks like a blazing fire at night. Red smells like a

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August 12, 2019
RoRo Bear

RoRo Bear A poem, by Haden Bowden Red! Black! It's like an ocean of blood and death. Bird wings of an American falcon. Black is the color of our beloved dog JoJo. Sleeping, sleeping, slow calming breath. Deep dark eyes. A high bark. Red, the color of her tongue - lick, lick, slobber on your

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June 8, 2019
Music-Inspired Writing

Last week's Writer's Club had us exploring our relationship with music, and utilizing the feelings it inspires to fuel our writing! Students listened to Once Upon a Time in the West by Ennio Morricone to build a landscape/setting, then built out a short story to go with it. It provoked stories of freedom, war and survivalism. Enjoy this one from Haden (age 12).

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February 17, 2019
A Response from Tui T. Sutherland

A Response from Tui T. Sutherland Practicing the art of letter writing is an amazing way to tap into a child's writing voice, and this is especially true when the recipient of their letter is someone "famous!" Back in November, Writer's Club students got together to share their most beloved authors and books with each other, then

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February 7, 2019
Creating Your Own Film Score

Creating Your Own Film Score Our first meet of February had students imagining if their life were made into a film! We explored some standout movie/music moments, and then students took a story from their lives, wrote about it and supplied it with music. Their very own film score! Student Highlight: This short story was shared

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January 21, 2019
6-Word Stories

6-Word Stories Claimed to have been Ernest Hemingway's best work ever created, his 6-word story, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn," has influenced generations of writers. This month students took a page from Hemingway! A dramatic form of poetry, 6-word stories serve as a wonderful prompt to inspire writers. Though difficult to achieve, our Writer's Club kids rose

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January 7, 2019
The Guard Dog, by Emily & Haden

The Guard Dog, by Emily & Haden This is a collaborative writing piece done in partnership by two students (ages 11 & 12). Collaboration can be an excellent way to explore fresh ideas and try new things in our writing. Two imaginations really are better than one! Once upon a time there was a cop.

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January 4, 2019
The Mutants, by Addison and Yaakov

This is a collaborative writing piece done in partnership by two students. Collaboration can be an excellent way to explore fresh ideas and try new things in our writing. Two imaginations really are better than one! The Mutants, by Addison and Yaakov Character Profiles Mystic (Faith to everyday humans) wears colorful shoes, likes baby blue,

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