Heineman Hosts Visit by YA Historical Author Sarah Natale

Heineman Middle School’s Team 8-2 welcomed author Sarah Natale into their Literacy classes on October 29 to discuss her experiences with the writing and publishing processes.

Natale, a native of Crystal Lake, began her literary career at age 17 when what began as a writing assignment during her senior year at Crystal Lake Central High School turned into the historical novella The Kiss of Death. The work won her a literary award and a publishing contract when she was 18.

A graduate of Drake University, Natale spoke to four different classes at Heineman. She discussed the research that went into writing The Kiss of Death, which is set in Medieval London at the time of a deadly plague. It’s a story of survival that includes a bit of romance. She read a favorite excerpt to students and encouraged them to write and to keep working to make their voices heard. She also explained what she learned about the different options available for students to publish their writing.

Team 8-2 Literacy teachers Becky Sisler and Karen Fuesz tied in the author visit with their November narrative writing unit.

“Our students need to see these unique, yet far from impossible, experiences of fellow writers. We want all of our students to see themselves as writers and know that their words and stories matter,” Sisler said.

Their eighth graders will continue to create their first drafts and then start the revision and editing process after Thanksgiving break.

You can learn more about Natale by visiting her website, www.sarahnatale.com, or by following her on Twitter @SarahNatale_.