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Students will have the opportunity to take facts and use their imagination to create a story surrounding one of North Carolina's lighthouses. The artist will discuss time period, setting, and how to organize a story. Students will work on a setting worksheet and they will work on building strong characters, dialogue, and transitions. There will be discussion around the importance of conflict in a good story, and how it must be resolved. Students also will learn the importance of good dialogue and how it can be used to develop a character and add to a story. Once students write their rough draft, the artist will review editing skills, and students will self edit and peer edit. The writer will edit with the students and assist them. Once editing is done, students will rewrite their stories. By the end of the week students will have developed a good understanding of how history can be creative and have their own lighthouse story to add to their unit.
Diane Silcox Jarrett is a children's book author. She has written several books including Side By Side, which was a finalist in the 2017 Best Book Award. Her short story, "Called Home", about two Vietnam-era Marines from Raleigh, was a finalist in the 2017 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition. This year she led the inaugural book club at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown State Historical Site. When working with young people, she strives to take the anxiety out of writing. She encourages students by letting them know she continues to work on her own writing and will even share some of her edited pages. Her greatest pleasure is to see a smile on a young writer's face as they share their story.