Writers' Club is a student organization for all students interested in writing and promoting writing. Its major project is the publication of Northwest’s creative arts magazine, Tooth and Claw, which showcases student writing and art. Members solicit, select, edit, and lay out work from the entire school population. The group’s other major projects are judging the annual elementary/middle school writing contest, which fosters enthusiasm for writing with younger students in the district, and sponsoring Poetry Out Loud, a poetry recitation competition. Writers' Club also sponsors a table at Trick or Treat Night and has hosted an Open Mic Night at the high school.
Club meetings are held in Ms. Eldridge's room, Rm. 254, on Wednesdays from 2:30 - 3:30. Come anytime!
Contact Ms. Katie Gilbert/Barb Eldridge
The Grimm Reader
The Writers' Club has started the story . . . you get to continue it! Read the story below, and then write the next chapter!
His school year was officially ruined, all because he was stuck with that one nerd girl as his English partner. He felt his social life die as the teacher said, “And lastly, Josh and Jasmine are partners. . .that will be interesting.” To make things worse, she sighed audibly. Hah, he thought to himself, as if she wouldn’t want to be partners with the captain of the lacrosse team. She partnered up, while he . . . well, he partnered down.
“The assignment is as follows: read six of the Grimm Brothers fairy tales, and you will have to do a project for each. I expect one project per month, but I do not care what the project is. You are big boys and girls now, heading off to college in a year. I do not see the need to hold your hand all year. Now, partner up, get acquainted. You will be the best of friends before the year is up, I promise.”
The class reluctantly got into the appropriate pairs; obviously he was not the only one who disliked his partner. He made her come to him.
“Hey,” she said softly, plopping her books down on the desk next to him. “So, I was thinking we. . .”
He cut her off before she finished. “Look, nerd,” he sneered, “you can do whatever you want as long as my name goes on it. You have glasses; you like to read, right? So, I guess we’re good. Okay, have fun.”
Jasmine waited patiently for him to finish before replying, “Look you arrogant idiot, I am not happy being your partner either, but don’t even try giving me all the work. I have enough homework to do, I do not need yours too. Here is the plan. We will find some reading aid, Sparknotes or whatever, and use that. Do not expect me to do all of the work though. That plan is a no go.”
Josh was taken aback slightly. Did she really just do that? Oh no, it was going to be an even longer year than he thought. He decided to avoid the work anyway. Reading was not his thing.
Just then she handed him a slip of paper, “Here is your homework for tonight. Do it.”
The bell rang and she left, but he was in shock. Homework? She gave him homework, of all things. The slip of paper said “Find an APP for that.” Ha. . . .she was kind of funny.
He took her advice, though, and started searching for an app to help with reading. “Grimm Reader,” hmm. . .sounds like something that would work. He skimmed the information. “Really brings you into the story.” Lame, but he completely ignored the lists of “warnings” at the bottom. It was just an app. What warnings?
He looked through the titles and saw Cinderella. Easy. Just as he clicked the title, he accidentally collided with Jasmine, who just happened to be at her locker.
“What are you. . .?” She was cut off when a blinding light suddenly surrounded them. Then they were thrust into darkness.
“Jasmine?” His eyes began to adjust to the dim lighting of the area.
“What?” She stood up and dusted her knees off.
“What just happened?”
“I don’t know, but somehow we ended up in this . . .forest?” Jasmine looked puzzled, then she said, “Let me see your phone.” Reluctantly, he handed it to her. She read the description of the app.
“Well . . . I don’t know if I believe this, but it says here that this app literally brings you into the story. And it warns that side effects of this app could include stomach pain, headache, and transportation to another world in which you become part of the story.” She tossed the phone back at him. “Stand up, we’ve got to get out of here.”
“Don’t tell me what to do!” he snapped.
“Listen, Josh. This is all your fault because you can’t even read an app description! Now you can either stay here by yourself and probably get eaten by a bear or something, because you’re too stupid to do anything for yourself, or you can do the first intelligent thing in your life and follow me!” Jasmine never liked to yell, but if it got her point across then it got her point across. She started to walk away. Josh jumped up from the ground.
“Jasmine! Wait, don’t leave me here!” He stood watching her for a minute until he ran after her. “I’ll be smart! I’ll follow you!”
“Oh goodie,” she said sarcastically. The two of them walked in silence for what seemed like an eternity. “Shh!” Jasmine stopped and listened. She thought she heard some gentle sobbing coming from a clearing up ahead . . .
What happens next? YOU decide!
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