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Prairie Lutheran authors get published

by Michael Mattison
Students at Prairie Lutheran Schools in Fairfax are now published authors through a school project completed recently.
Something that Mark Leitheiser started last year, it was something that he hoped would get the students engaged in writing.
The stories they wrote had to contain a moral or positive lesson. The students came up with their own ideas. They wrote the story and designed the cover and illustrations.
The fifth and sixth graders had books that were 10-15 pages long while the seventh and eighth graders wrote 25-30 page books. The older group also had to have a table of contents and a glossary included.
“They create the characters, conflict and settings. This has been a great tool for them,” Leitheiser said.
“It also allows the kids something to take home with them and to feel good about. They are published authors.”
The books were sent to Martin Lutheran College to have them printed and bound.
This year Jeff Seehafer is adding a new wrinkle to the project as he is helping them to make audio books of their creations.
The books and pictures are going to be scanned and put into a video editing software. The students will then narrate their books.

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