High-school English teacher Carol Sliwka extended the National Day of Writing to a full week at Monroe High School in Michigan, making time for a writing exercise in which students added their own sentences after the infamous opening line, "It was a dark and stormy night." The line was written on a large sheet of paper posted on a wall in the school's common area, and students were asked to walk up and add to it. The goal, Sliwka said, was to encourage students to write on their own.

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