2017-12-06 / School News

High school writers read to Widmyer students


Lily Roof, a Berkeley Springs High School 10th grader from English teacher Meghan Smith Powell’s creative writing classes, reads her original children’s book to Widmyer Elementary kids in kindergarten teacher Rebecca Lindsey’s class. Lily Roof, a Berkeley Springs High School 10th grader from English teacher Meghan Smith Powell’s creative writing classes, reads her original children’s book to Widmyer Elementary kids in kindergarten teacher Rebecca Lindsey’s class. Students from Berkeley Springs High School English teacher Meghan Smith Powell’s creative writing classes recently enjoyed reading original children’s books and stories they created this year to Widmyer Elementary kindergarten teachers Rebecca Lindsey’s and Trista Crawford’s classes and prekindergarten teacher Jessica Hansel’s class.

Powell said that the children’s book project was one of her classes’ first creative projects. Students “were asked to re-create an Aesop’s fable with new characters and situations, or come up with an original story idea to teach a moral lesson.” Her class learned about plot, theme, setting, characters and other elements of fiction beforehand.


Berkeley Springs High School sophomores Katelyn Miller and Jordin Demarinis read an original children’s book that they made in English teacher Meghan Smith Powell’s creative writing class to Widmyer Elementary teacher Rebecca Lindsey’s kindergarten students. photos by Meghan Smith Powell Berkeley Springs High School sophomores Katelyn Miller and Jordin Demarinis read an original children’s book that they made in English teacher Meghan Smith Powell’s creative writing class to Widmyer Elementary teacher Rebecca Lindsey’s kindergarten students. photos by Meghan Smith Powell Powell’s students could either choose to make a children’s book or do other projects which included writing a poem or comic, which they submitted to the school newspaper for publication. Powell said she encourages all of her students to share or publish their work.

Powell has 40 creative writing students from grades nine-12 that are divided into two separate classes. The class is an elective class for high school students.

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