NC Ghost Stories and Mountain Speak

Hello Readers,

Today’s Inkling meeting starts to brings to an end our focus on Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty.  I know many of you have not had a chance to read this great story, but remember he will be at Quail Ridge Books on Saturday, so you might be able to snag a copy there, and get a cool autograph.

For our final two meetings before track out I would like you to think about one of the following activities to work with.

  1. Spend some time working on your Serafina Art Contest project.  Remember the contest runs until November 15, 2015. (I have a cool pottery idea in production.)  Think about how you will share your work with The Inklings as well as how you will submit it to the contest.
  2. Work on the Serafina Riddle Contest.
  3. In Serafina and the Black Cloak, both Serafina and her father use some interesting vocabulary.  Some might call their work usage choices Mountain Speech.  Spend some time reading about NC mountain speech and then write a short story or dialog using some of the interesting vocabulary from the website. Use the comment tool to share you work.
  4. Serafina and the Black Cloak is not a true ghost story, but it certainly has the elements of a good old-fashioned horror story.  Spend some time reading up on some other ghost stories from around the NC world.  Report out on your favorite tale (comment tool), or the one that will keep you up tonight.

Our next read will be The Map To Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis, who also live in the great state of NC!  The book is available from Scholastic for only $6 and I have some great reading challenge idea swirling around in my head.  Cinder will most likely come after The Map To Everywhere for those of you interested in that read.

Read on,

Mr. H

7 thoughts on “NC Ghost Stories and Mountain Speak

  1. Mountain Speech by Aidan B

    “Sean’s a-childing(pregnant),” said Aidan

    “Over yan(yonder).”

    “Since Heck was a pup( long time ago),” said Aidan as he bored the Kids.

    “Sean’s a goozler(boy voice changing),” said his Mom

    You’re a Bonny(good)dog!

    It’s Chunk-washing( heavy rain) outside on pap (dad).

    You butter mouth boy ( good talking ) get over here

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