Novel idea increases scores, interest

01/18/2007 | Oregonian (Portland), The

Inspired by a national writing contest, two teachers at McKinley Elementary in Beaverton, Ore., assigned their students a short novel that sparked outside-of-class interest in writing and helped bump up the school's writing test scores. Last year, 632 classes and 15,000 students across the U.S. participated in the National Novel Writing Month's youth program.

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