R-III students attend Literature Festival at UCM

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By AMINA SCALETTY
Adrian 7th Grader

Eighteen students in grades 6-10 along with Mrs. Cochran and one parent volunteer attended the literature festival at UCM Tuesday, March 18th.  To attend the festival students were required to read 50% of the titles recommended for their grade level on the current MASL award lists and pass accelerated reader quizzes on each title with a minimum score of 80%.  Students then voted on the authors & illustrators they wished to hear speak and were able to hear presentations from Mary Downing Hahn, Michael Spradlin, June Rae Wood, Roland Smith and Terry Trueman with Carol Adler on the day of their visit to UCM.  

Aspiring authors can take away almost the same message from all six of these amazing authors: Write about things that are important to you, and don’t give up. Take a break if you need to, but always come back. You have to practice hard at writing, but you will improve. Don’t be afraid or upset if you have to revise; that means that you are a real author. Everyone goes through revision and disappointment. The Literature Festival was a great inspiration to me, and I hope it will be one to you too.

Pictured right: Eighteen Adrian R-III students attended the Literature Festival at the University of Central Missouri on March 25, 2014. Front row: Gage Steen, Tanner Tullock, Jacob Lacy. Second row: Jade Wackerman, Madison Markel, Tori Adams. Third row:  Skyler Ketcher, Ashlee Burris, Alexis Sass. Fourth row:  Jimmy McDonald, Rachel Gray, McKinley Brewster.  Back row: Autumn West, Maly Sears, Amina Scaletty, Dalton Osborn, Sami Costigan and Joey Patnoe.

Pictured far right: Amina Scaletty, 7th grader, enjoyed visiting with author Mary Downing Hahn, who penned the popular book “The Man Who Loved Clowns.”

See the April 3 issue of The Adrian Journal to read the full story.