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From Snapshot to Story

From Snapshot to Story
From an old black and white photograph students will write a creative story inspired by the photo. Students will organize their stories by developing their conflict, characters, setting and dialogue. While developing characters students will think about their own reactions when things happen to them and how their characters may react in the same situation. Middle school students will look closer at events taking place in their story and how the characters may react; for example a child in worn clothes sitting with their dog may inspire a story about an orphan during a war or a child living near coal mines. A discussion on dialogue will help students see the ways effective dialogue can aid in moving a story along. Editing tips will help with self and peer editing. Middle school students editing will include expanding the conflict of the story. If teachers would like the writer to concentrate on certain elements of story writing she can spend more time on them during the week.

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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