Last weekend at RAPS we introduced the next books that the 5th and 6th grade group will be reading, Holes and Small Steps, both by Louis Sachar. We thought about a treasure of our own that we would bury if we needed to keep it from others. A lot of us even chose to hide our treasures at RAPS! We watched a book trailer to preview the book, and then we dug into reading it. We spread out through Wyatt to read independently or with a small group.
Meanwhile, the 7th and 8th graders collaborated on exquisite corpse stories, which all started with the same line, "One year ago, a tragic accident happened at RAPS, and a sister died." This is the premise of the creepy multimedia story we are working on. We divided into two groups: the writing group, who planned out the vast majority of their story, and a scouting group, who picked locations in and around the Wyatt Center for the film component of the story.
We also had the treat of skyping with graphic novelist Gareth Hinds, author of the graphic novels of Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet that we have been reading. He told us all about the writing and publishing process, as well as some of his latest drawings. We were able to ask questions about the books that some students read over the summer, and he even showed us his scariest drawing. I think many of us walked away inspired to try our hands at graphic novels. We can’t wait for next week, Halloween RAPS!