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Sophomores read to elementary students

November 03, 2018


"As You Wish."  This was what Ladd Wendelin's sophomore English class said to the elementary students last Friday when asked to read storybooks inspired by the classic book and film The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride tells the story of love, loss and high adventure between a swashbuckling pirate, a princess and a trio of baddies who attempt to keep them apart. The sophomores spent the first quarter of the fall semester reading the novel and watching the film in preparation for their storybooks.

The book was written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and novelist William Goldman, who also wrote Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men.

As part of their final project for the unit, the sophomores shared original stories, which they wrote themselves. The students were asked to pick one of the most memorable characters from the story and compose an original story based on that character, including Westley/The Dread Pirate Roberts, Buttercup, Inigo, Fezzik and Vizzini.

The students then spent two weeks outlining and plotting the story, composing the story, and drawing the pictures for the storybook itself. Finally, the students read aloud their finished books to the kindergarteners, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders on Friday. The students will vote on their favorite books this week, and the group with the Best Overall Story and Most Colorful Storybook will win prizes. 

"I wanted to give the sophomores an opportunity to share the story of The Princess Bride, just like William Goldman shares the story with his son in the book," Mr. Wendelin said. "We had a great time at the elementary school.  The students got a lot of great compliments from the kids, and the teachers also complimented them on their reading abilities too." 

Photos by Mr. Wendelin

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