Inspiring authors of the future

School kids turned authors. Students in Triple C’s Enrichment Programme presented their own original books that they had not only written themselves but, for many, had produced their own illustrations to go alongside their stories.

Triple C Enrichment Programme (Grades 2-5) held a book exhibit last month. The stories that were displayed ranged from wild adventures, based on video games, to fun family tales.

Grade 2 student Keighley Granger’s book, Friends & Family, was a fun tale in which she created a twist by making the dragon the heroin of her story. Keighley rightly expressed that dragons are always made the “bad guy” so she took it upon herself to break typical conventions.

To encourage and inspire the creation of the students’ books, Triple C School received a presentation by author Diane Ward and her dog Marlee in May.

She spoke to the students about what it takes to be a writer; explaining to them how she came up with the idea to write her own book, Marlee and the Diamond Earrings. She also went through the additional steps it took to have the book published.

At the time the Enrichment Programme students were all working on their own stories, so they were eager to ask Diane questions about creating a book. She also promised the students that when their books were complete, she would return to read and see what they had accomplished.

“The students were so excited to have Diane come to speak about creating and publishing a book. I am sure that her presentation did help them with their final product,” said Mrs. Marty Minton, Enrichment Programme coordinator and Grade 4 teacher.

“The Enrichment Programme was created to encourage students to go above and beyond the minimum expected, to encourage a higher level of thinking while doing regular curriculum projects and other fun class activities. I believe each of the students who participated in the book exhibit achieved what we expected.”

For more information about this event or to learn more about Triple C’s Enrichment programme, call the school office at 949-6022.

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