Young wordsmiths participate in NaNoWriMo
Seventh-graders get to explore their creativity at the art of novel-writing
December 8, 2021
For the last five years, students in Lana Holden's seventh-grade language arts classes at Sweet Home Junior High School have participated in a different warm-up activity than usual when November rolls around. They'd sit down at computers and write.
The topic? Whatever they wanted.
One student told the story of a make-believe rabbit her grandpa had invented for tales she heard as a youth. Others wrote of flesh-eating zombies or alien invasions. Whatever the subject, visitors to Holden's classroom could be sure to hear keyboards clattering away during the first 10 minutes.
The students, of co...