Caldwell Middle School Residency Day 5 – Friday, January 11, 2013

 Friends:Friday, January 11, 2013 was day five and the final day of my residency at Caldwell Middle School through a grant administered by Story Tapestries and the Houma Regional Arts Council.It was such a fun day. All of the stories that the students wrote in their teams were shared in class. I gave out awards […] Read More

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The Amazing Pyramid Hunt by Allei, Jayden, Ahcory, Morgan and Anthony

  Once upon a time there was a walrus named Snookie. There was also a piranha named Ted.   One day, they went on a trip to Egypt. They went inside the pyramid to look for treasure. It was cold and dark.   Ted proclaimed, “Snookie, get out your flashlight. It’s soooo freaky in here!” […] Read More

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The Case of the Habanero Chilies by Tazya, Kailee, Colin and Earle

  It was a warm, foggy morning and Chad the Giraffe was just about to play with his red basketball. Suddenly, Chad spotted a bowl full of spicy habanero chilies. Chad slowly approached the chilies and gulped them all down. He went back outside to play ball.   A while later, Shelly the wolf walked […] Read More

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Captured! by Ashley, Dustin, Brooke, and Sean

  Once there was a chipmunk named Sabrina and an ant named George. They were the best of friends.   One cool, windy day, Sabrina was skipping in the woods and she heard an eerie sound. She looked up and spotted the evil, wicked witch, Mr. Foret. The witch grabbed Sabrina and stuffed her inside […] Read More

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The Big Bad Breakdown by Tate, Axel, Danajae and Lucien

  There once lived a chicken named Cluckette and a giraffe named Robbie. They were heading out to Hawaii when their car broke down on a deserted desert road.   “Just great! The car broke down and I didn’t bring my tools with me!” complained Cluckette.   “I think there are some spare tools in […] Read More

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The Terrible Talent Show Chaos by Colin, Rontrell, Jaime and Stephen

  Once, when I was a superhero, I had a mighty rival who was a super villain. He wanted to take over the world. His identity was Simon Cowbell.   I was just a normal lizard who was bitten by a radioactive spider. The spider gave me the power to shape shift. My name is […] Read More

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Roachpunzel by Dasia, Amben, Mya and Jakhyri

  Once upon a time, there lived a princess named Roachpunzel. She lived in a far east village in New York City. She had long, long blonde hair and wore a beautiful purple dress.   Misty, the evil squirrel witch, trapped Roachpunzel at the top of a skyscraper.   “I wish I could stroll in […] Read More

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Caldwell Middle School Author Residency Day 4 – Thursday, January 10, 2013

  Friends:   Today was Day 4 of my 5 day writing residency at Caldwell Middle School through a grant administered by Story Tapestries and the Houma Regional Arts Council. Today, the students focused on finishing their stories if they hadn’t already and writing their final drafts. They did superb work and I was ecstatic […] Read More

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Caldwell Middle School Author Residency Day 3 – Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  Friends:   Today was day three of my writing residency at Caldwell Middle School through a grant administered by Story Tapestries and the Houma Regional Arts Council. The students were given a rubric to follow. Each story was required to have:   * A beginning, middle and end * Interesting characters * Dialogue * […] Read More

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Author Visit at Caldwell Middle School – Friday, January 4, 2013

  Friends:   On Friday, January 4, I did an author visit at Caldwell Middle School in Shriever, Louisiana through Story Tapestries and a grant through the Houma Regional Arts Council. I began my show with the story of The Cajun Cornbread Boy. The fourth and fifth grade students in the audience really had fun […] Read More

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