Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Senior Scribes hold writing workshop

Seven Senior Scribes and two Teen Advocates held a writing workshop for 23 Mississiniwa Valley junior high and high school students recently. The workshop was set up by English and journalism instructor Elaine Bailey. Guests were treated to lunch with the students prior to beginning work.

Former Daily Advocate editor and Senior Scribe Bob Robinson conducted the workshop, with the help of “Scribes” JoAnne Bowie, Mary Jane Dietrich, Delbert Blickenstaff, Sally Amspaugh, and Al and Lyn Bliss, and Teen Advocates Kayla Lamar and Majennica Nealeigh.

The students had two writing assignments: breaking news and a feature interview. The breaking news assignment involved a school shutdown for 45 minutes. It was their job to find out who, what, when, where, why and how. They broke into several groups and questioned “school administrators and students,” played by the Senior Scribes and Teen Advocates. The reason for the shutdown turned out to be a deer running loose in the hallways.

In the feature session, each Scribe was interviewed about how Christmas today compares with the Christmases of his or her childhood. The MV students rose to the occasion and wrote excellent reports on the mock breaking news event in a brief, 15-20 minute time span. The stories on the interviews were written later, depending on the students’ schedules and class times.

Following the workshops, Teen Editor Kayla Lamar spoke to the students about how they could get involved the Teen Advocate program. Several students signed up to participate.

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