Orchard Valley Middle School Students Speak to Author and Illustrator

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP - Orchard Valley Middle School students had an opportunity to learn about the book writing process during a visit from an author and illustrator.
The program was supported by a Washington Township Education Foundation mini-grant, which was secured by Veronica Akhtar, Peggy Davis, and Linda Wiencoski. The grant, “True Stories: People, Places,” is a collaboration between the visual arts and language arts classes.
Author of over 30 published books, Jen Bryant, visited students from the seventh and eighth-grade classes in the school’s Instructional Media Center. The author spoke with the English and Language Arts students about the writing process and how she uses illustrations to further develop her stories. Illustrator Melissa Sweet, who has worked with Bryant on several books, connected with the eighth-grade students via Skype during their Art class.
Bryant discussed the relationship between authors and their illustrators. “Most of that is handled by the publisher, and often times you don’t even meet each other,” said Bryant. “Luckily, Melissa and I did collaborate, and we’ve become friends. I enjoy working with her.”
As a take away from the meeting, the seventh-grade Language Arts students will research and write their own non-fiction book about a person or place before the seventh and eighth-grade students will begin illustrating the books.
For more information about Orchard Valley Middle School, visit their website at http://www.wtps.org/orchardvalley.

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