Mr. Schaefer's Creative Writing Class-Field Trip

Last week Mr. Schaefer took his creative writing class to the Harry Ransom Center at the UT Austin Campus.

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Students represented KAPS and themselves as respectful young adults with an eagerness to learn!

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Mr. Grant and his intern, Emily, work in paper conservation at the Harry Ransom Center at UT. Their efforts makes it possible for students like ours to experience legendary author’s original works.

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Students were able to see…

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Mr. Grant and Emily displayed the writings of many writers Mr. Schaefer’s class had studied during his summer creative writing class and writers they’d soon be studying.

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Walt Whitman’s

  • original notes & thoughts

  • The FIRST cut & paste, Walt literally cut out snippets of his other works and pasted them into new pieces.

  • Lists of lists of lists, as Whitman was known for…

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One of our French speaking students was able to translate the writing of her favorite writer, Arthor Rambo, a 16 year old child prodigy.

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Correspondence between Sexton & Plath

  • Students were amazed while reading their letters back and forth, talking about having dinner in town and other “normal” activities.

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This was such an special trip. To see the scribbles, grammar mistakes, lists and original thoughts made by these now legendary authors was important for our students. It humanized these writers and artists which we all put on such a high pedestal, we forget that they were also human. This showed our students first hand that no one is perfect and you have to make mistakes and even fail sometimes to arrive at the finish line of a work of art.

Students then used the inspiration they found to write for a few minutes.

“In the room of sacred treasures…”

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Next, students went to one of Mr. Schaefer’s favorite book stores, Malvern Books!

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Students were able to browse & buy.

 
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Some chose very carefully, knowing one of their upcoming assignments is to read a novel of their choosing.

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Thumbs up and smiles all around…

consider this trip a success!

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Keep an eye out for our next blog about KAPS!