J.K. Rowling sat next to Lemony Snicket. C.S. Lewis shared a table with Tom Clancy. Barbara Park faced S.E. Hinton. John Green shared his life story with a group of three and four year-olds.
Such was the scene in the Barnesville School’s gymnasium on Monday, Jan. 27 at the annual Eighth Grade Authors’ Wax Museum. This signature Language Arts event provides the opportunity for our eighth graders to bring to life their favorite authors and give a glimpse into the authors’ lives to our students, parents, faculty and staff.
Each eighth grader selects an author to research and puts together a comprehensive folder dedicated to their subject. The front cover is an illustration of a pivotal scene from one of the author’s books. Inside the folder is a biographical essay about the author and a series of five interview questions and answers drawn from the student’s research. On the back is a poem written buy the student as a tribute to their author. The students also create a bookmark based on one of the author’s works.
The final piece of the assignment is the oral presentation. The students write a script and then portray their author at the Authors’ Wax Museum. They create displays using props that signify items important in their author’s life and dress as their author. Visitors to the museum can activate the oral presentation by pushing a “button” that animates the author and begins the monologue for all to hear.
This year’s authors include:
Arthur C. Clarke
Edison Price Vizzini