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A Child of the Times

A Child of the Times
Students will blend their own imaginations with historical facts to write a creative non-fiction story from a period of history they have studied. They will develop their own characters and create detailed settings while weaving in history. Detailed setting is important in a period piece, such as no paved roads during the American Revolution. Middle school students will look more into setting details such as buildings and clothing, as well as at political or social events and how those might affect their characters and setting. A discussion on dialogue will help students see the many ways effective dialogue can move a story along. Editing tips will help with self and peer editing. Middle school editing will include expanding on the conflict of their story. The writer will work with teachers to discuss the time period and extra materials or photos that might be needed. She can concentrate on any element of story writing teachers would like.

Artist Background

Writing and reading about history are things Diane Silcox Jarrett has enjoyed since childhood. For almost 20 years, she has written several children's non-fiction books and also written for several magazines. As a writer in residence, she enjoys working with very creative and talented students.  Diane believes all students can write, and they have such creative minds and so many ideas. She strives to help free up their creative minds by taking anxiety out of the writing process, and encourages students by letting them know that she continues to take writing courses and work on writing techniques. To her, the greatest pleasure is to see a smile come over a young writer's face when they are happy with their story.

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