This summer, High Point’s Summer Fun Enrichment Camp proudly produced a bumper crop of talented authors-to-be from grades 4-7. Eleven students (from High Point and other area schools) attended the “Be a Writer!” course, taught by Mrs. Kathy Grayson, a member of our admin staff. Mrs. Grayson shared her 20-plus years of experience as a journalist and editor by teaching her students many authentic “tricks of the trade.”
Students learned to construct and refine multiple drafts of first-person stories, reporter accounts and interviews, and creative stories. They learned to self-edit, submit their stories for “professional” editing, decipher editing symbols and notations, and revise to final draft stage for publication.
They worked with timeline organization; the 5 W’s and 2 H’s (who-what-where-when-why-how-how much); plus inner thoughts, feelings and quotations. They learned how to interview and take abbreviated notes on a reporter pad. They practiced developing a story and then bringing it full-circle; developing effective openings, closings, and titles/headlines. They learned to search for the perfect word and use synonyms, metaphors, and analogies. They refined their grammar, spelling and sentence construction for greater clarity and readability.
Most importantly, this amazing group of eager young writers learned to give and take constructive criticism to and from their editing partners and their instructor, in order to move their writing to higher levels. We are so proud of them!
Herewith, their final drafts of their first-person stories (in alpha order by first name):