The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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March 7, 2013

Inspired by Poe, Grand Valley American literature juniors present their own creative writing projects

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This “coffee shop” mood excited students as they awaited the festivities to begin. Each student took turns reading aloud their story to their fellow classmates as the listeners filled out critique sheets that rated how much they enjoyed the story.

The results of the students’ writing efforts were phenomenal, Mrs. Brumit said about the overall quality. “It just goes to show that when you set an expectation, no matter how high, you can be pleasantly surprised! These students really delivered!” she said.

Juniors Callie Forrest and Samantha White partnered up for this assignment and created a 60-line narrative poem called “Tweets from Thy iPhone 4.” In this poem, they borrowed the rhyme-scheme and essence of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” to create a good-willed satire of a modern-day teenager’s issue with distractions while trying to complete homework. In the beginning of their poem, it reads, “While I pondered nearly weeping, suddenly there came a tweeting, as someone simply tweeting, tweeting at my iPhone 4. ‘Tis some follower,’ said I, ‘tweeting at my iPhone 4,’ only this, and nothing more.”

Another impressive piece of literature came from junior Lily Schooler. Her story was entitled “The Story of the Ripper,” which followed a London officer’s journey in discovering the culprit of various murders, only to reveal a surprising and unexpected twist at the end. The narrator confesses midway through the story, “Though I will shamelessly admit I believed that there was not much that I alone could do to bring an end to the madness. In fact, I didn’t even think the detectives could do much either…”

Collectively, the students quite enjoyed the Poe Party. Junior Kelsey Merritt gave positive feedback regarding the lesson. She said, “I like it when teachers mix things up and be creative. It gives a different way of learning and I really liked what Mrs. Brumit did with this.”

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