Today I had the privilege of enlightening 7th graders on the craft of writing. About three hundred 12 and 13 year olds listened to the presentation, which I tried to make enjoyable by using illustrations and photos.
To get the students to interact, I constructed a letter written by a kid at summer camp in Hawaii. We used various writing tools to transform it from plain text to a vivid description of what a few days of camp in the Aloha State might be like. Below the pictures you can read the original and the revised versions. I believe some of the kids benefited from the presentation.
My conclusion from the day: I had fun, but I really don’t miss being thirteen years