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Students participate in National Novel Writing Month

Mr. Stone helps a student make a decision about her writing.

Armed only with their netbooks, their imaginations, and the support of their teacher and friends, Mr. Stone’s Language Arts students met in the media center on Monday, November 28 to meet an important deadline. These students had set out to become novelists by the end of November and the deadline was looming. 

All of Mr. Stone’s 87 sixth graders were participating in NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, the world’s largest writing challenge. At the beginning of November, each student registered for the challenge and set a goal to write a certain number of words by the end of the month. Each student who reaches their goal by November 30 will receive a published copy of their book.
Stories range from dramas about real life middle school situations to zombie fantasies and mysteries. Anjali Singh had already met her goal of 15,000 words but was so caught up in her story that she had to continue to write. She said her story “is a fantasy with a little of bit of humor” and as she neared the conclusion she was trying to a find a perfect ending that was neither “too sad nor too silly”. 
Paolo Lopez and Danielle Moreno have participated in all three of Mr. Stone’s November write-ins. â€œIt is fun. The write-ins allow you to hang out with friends and share your ideas”, they said. Before they started writing they talked about their ideas and book plots and sometimes when they are writing they said will share a paragraph or a line to get their friends opinions.
By the end of the November all but 12 of Mr. Stone’s students met their writing goals ranging from 3,500 words to 25,000 words. These students are now working on revising and editing their work and designing covers for their finished novels. Soon, each of these students will be able to add “published author” to their list of accomplishments as each will receive published copies of their book.

Written by: Brita Mann
Posted: Dec 12, 2011 by Brita Mann

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