Early in August, the neighborhood girls came up with a creative idea they called the Pickwick Club. Their intent was to create a weekly newspaper in which they would each submit different articles (comics, jokes, news reports, etc.). My daughter came home enthusiastic about their venture, informing me that she was to write the food column. I was both intrigued and surprised.
As the coordinator for our Roots & Shoots Club … I produce a quarterly newsletter in which I provide our members with information about our upcoming endeavors, outings, and topics of interest. Frequently, MeiLi has sat with me … helping to assure my prose is easy to understand. It was thereby no surprise that she wanted to create her portion of the Pickwick Club Newsletter in Pages (Mac’s word processing software).
She logged in immediately, opened Pages and selected Newsletter. She began to format her first edition with little help from me – asking occasionally how to spell particular words and how to format an image mask. She found her images online and summarized her text completely on her own. It is becoming quite apparent that a lesson on documenting sources and the concerns of plagiarism will be needed sooner than originally anticipated.
Take a peak at her first issue. Thus far, she has been consistent and hasn’t missed a deadline. She even canvassed the neighborhood for subscribers.