Under the guidance of 8th grade science and English language arts teacher Ms. Katie Burrows, and with resources from the Young Writers Program nonprofit group, several ELA students and 6th-8th graders in the school's NaNoWriMo Club developed story ideas, set word count goals for novels, and began writing. They took part in writing exercises, including a "Night of Writing Dangerously" at the school where club members hung out into the evening working on their pieces.
By the time November ended, the students had collectively written a total of 308,615 words, with individual student output ranging from 5,000 to 95,000 words. Each of the 20 students who produced a tangible, published book not only created his or her story and content, but they also designed their book's cover art. Along their journeys, participating students developed their writing voices, learned lessons in perseverance, and improved their abilities.
What a terrific, real world opportunity for these students! It aligns directly to our first Strategic Plan Goal: Provide a Relevant Education for All Students.