The winter storm brought in several feet of snow. Luckily there was lots of wood to keep the fire burning. We stocked up on food. Lots of it and there was plenty of water too.
When you looked out the window all you saw was white as the wind tossed the snow to and fro. As Hayden looked out the window she saw a figure approaching the door. She knew it couldn’t be here parents they told her that they were snowed in with her grandmother.
Who comes to the door? Is it friend or foe? Does Hayden open the door and it so what happens next?
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Wonder by RJ Palacio is the story of August “Auggie” Pullman, a young boy who was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that creates facial abnormalities. Over the years Auggie’s parents tried to give him a “normal life” but after many surgeries Auggie’s face still stands out. People sneak looks and stare at him. Children are often afraid when they see his face. This is something Auggie never gets use to. In face it’s one of the things he fears the most when he meets people. He picks up on the different ways people react to seeing him but nothing can help him deal with the rejection he feels from the world around him. It’s Auggie’s first time going to school and even though it’s the first year of middle school for all the kids going to his New York Prep school this year is bound to be more difficult for Auggie and being around other kids is the last thing he wants but his mother thinks it’s time for Auggie to try to fit into the world.
During his first year of fifth grade, he gets a best friend, Jack but also makes an enemy of Julien a privileged, rich kid who is bent on making Auggie’s life a living hell. The book is very heart-warming and heart-breaking. Palacio doesn’t attempt to hide the cruelty that children can inflict on their peers and that’s what makes Auggie’s journey to accept himself so powerful. The book like the movie also centers on the lives of Via, Auggie’s older sister, Jack, and Miranda- other teens who are trying to find their place in the world.
It’s a wonderful study of character and beautifully written. Check it out.
Here are the guidelines for Critical Essay and the Dramatic Script categories
Category Description ( from the Scholastics site)
Writing intended to inform or convince a reader about a specific idea or topic, such as art or media reviews, persuasive essays, opinion essays, etc.
Sources must be cited. Footnotes/works cited are not considered part of the word count. The word count is 500–3,000 words.
Work that uses dialogue, action and stage direction to tell a story, including scripts for television, film, or stage.
Excerpts can be submitted, but should be clearly labeled as excerpts. 500–3,000 words. If the script exceeds 3000 words, provide a 250-word summary and attach full script PDF.
Good luck! Be creative and have some fun! Deadlines for the New York area usually fall around mid December but check the website for exact dates.
The following is the information for the writing portfolio. This one is worth checking out. The grand prize is $10,000 bucks, a gold medal, and bragging rights.
(For Graduating Seniors Only)
A series of 8 distinct works that demonstrate versatility as a writer and diversity in writing technique and styles. The works can come from one category or any combination of multiple categories.
Graduating Seniors may submit up to two Writing Portfolios, but may not submit the same work in both portfolios.
The word count for each piece submitted in a writing portfolio should adhere to the length limits listed in each individual category. The maximum length for a writing portfolio is 24,000 words (not including the writer’s statement).
- The Writing Portfolio may include a writer’s statement. The statement should be at least 50 words and answer the following questions:
- Why did you select the work you submitted for your Writing Portfolio?
- How do you hope people will react when they read your work?
- What role does writing play in your life?
- Writer’s statements may be entered on the “Create Portfolio” page.
- Work included in a portfolio may also be submitted in an individual category (i.e. Short Story, Critical Essay, etc.). You will be able to indicate if you want to submit a work a part of a portfolio only, an individual submission only, or both on your student dashboard.
- Seniors may resubmit writing submitted to the Scholastic Awards in a previous year as part of their Writing Portfolio.
- Do not include any identifying information, such as your name, in the title of your portfolio or the works included in the submission.
- Novel Writing, Video Game Design, and Future New works cannot be included in portfolio submissions.
https://www.artandwriting.org for more information.
Now that the Young Arts Competition deadline has pasted it’s time to gear up or write up for the Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition. With 29 arts and writing categories there are lots of writing genres to choose from. The writing competitions are listed below: Critical Essay, Dramatic Script, Flash Fiction, Humor, Journalism, Novel Writing, Personal Essay Writing, Poetry, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Short Story.
For Seniors only. Writing Portfolio.
If you want to enter you must be between the ages of 13 and up and in grades 7 to 12 year old and enrolled in public, private or home school.
There are no prompts that you are required to respond to so select one of your best works and give it a try. I have lots of writing and picture prompt here on this blog for you to select from it you need any help.
Deadline: Vary you should check the site for more information.
Prizes: Gold, and Silver medals plus cash prizes up from $1000 to $10,000 for presidential scholars.
Go to https://www.artandwriting.org for more information. Good luck and happy writing!
I just finished reading The Institute by Stephen King. As the story beings with Tim Jamieson, a disgraced cop from Florida gives up his seat on a plane heading towards New York in hopes of making a few bucks. Tim hitch hikes and takes a few jobs on the road until he ends up in the southern town of DuPray, South Carolina. He takes a job as a night knocker at a local police station and decides to settle there for a while.
Across the country in Minneapolis child prodigy, Like Ellis meets with a school counselor and plans to relocate with his parents to the east coast to attend MIT and Emerson. One night after celebrating, Luke’s plans come to a halt when armed assailants murder Luke’s parents in their sleep and kidnap him.
Like wakes up in a room that looks like his room but isn’t. He notices subtle clues, a rip in the corner of the poster on his wall, a few things out of place, along with the fact that unlike his room at home this room has no window. It’s there Like meets other children who share his predicament and “special skills” like his – telepathy or telekinesis. The children are subjected to a series of tests and tortured all in the hopes of enhancing their latent psychic abilities. Abilities that will be used for nefarious plans.
King tells two parallel stories that eventually collide after the children decide to change their circumstances and take the control back.This book was exciting and takes you on an intriguing journey. There are many characters and a few subplots that are woven together to create a brilliant story. King is truly a master of character and storytelling. I loved this book and so will you.
November is approaching and besides thinking about getting together with the fam and eating turkey why not add NaNoWriNo to your list? NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Writers take a shot at writing a 50,000-word manuscript between November 1 and November 30.
I have a new story that I am excited about writing so this year will be my first year at giving it a try. Why not join me and WRITE!.