Bath County students write childrens books for class

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BATH COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) Although the audience didn’t give it much thought, a lot of work went into the books they’re enjoying.

“We had to do a lot of rough drafts before we could even try to do any big stuff,” Eighth grader Ethan Hyler said.

His classmate, Erica Ratcliffe, agrees. “You have to edit it a lot with like a lot of times, numerous times, until it becomes perfect.”

“I think they thought initially that it was going to be simple or easy, and it’s a lot more in depth than what they think it is," Their teacher, Kirby Smith, explained. "So it definitely took a lot more practice and a lot more planning than what they were expecting initially.”

A project to get them more involved in writing, with a goal in mind: the publication and reading of original children's books at a field trip to the local elementary school.

“It’s been a struggle the last few years trying to get them to write," Smith said. "Kind of pitched it out to them, and teased them with the fact of, if we could get a field trip out to the elementary schools, and they were like ‘Yeah!’ They were so excited. So it was one of the first times I’ve really seen my kids light up about writing.”

Even though a book is more work than your average school essay.

“You have to think harder," Hyler said. "When you write an essay, it’s kind of easy.”

And the reward is greater, especially when you like the final product.

“It’s a very great book,” according to Ratcliffe.