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7th Graders Publish Short Stories
March 29, 2017
Byline:Aaron Brill & Amanda Elliston
All first semester, our seventh-grade English students studied the art of the short story, with a particular focus on the Bildungsroman. They carefully read several coming-of-age stories, from the well-anthologized, “Raymond’s Run” by Toni Cade Bambara, to a lesser known story “The Stolen Party” by Liliana Heker. How do these stories create bigger ideas that stay with the reader long after the story’s end? Once they knew the answer to this question, our students wrote a literary essay in which they analyzed the effect of a specific story element from a story in the contemporary anthology, 13, edited by well-known Young Adult author James Howe. After all this careful analysis, our students were dying to create their own coming-of-age stories. Their final, polished versions come after two months of idea generating, drafting, reading, revising, and copy editing.
We are both delighted and proud to invite you to read these stories. With Mr. Brill’s guidance in iDentity class, the students used the Hopscotch app to "code" covers for their short story, using logic and problem-solving skills, as well as the popular emojis found on the iPad keyboards. The students conveyed the mood of their stories on their covers. We hope you enjoy their work!
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