Fifth grade Ursuline girls recently shared a unique learning experience outside of the classroom that focused on nurturing them as developing writers. Ms. Taliancich’s fifth grade ELA students traveled to the Beauregard-Keyes House in the historic French Quarter to meet local, published author Freddi Williams Evans to better understand the writing process in order to develop their own craft. In turn, the students applied the knowledge learned within their own writing while exploring the inspiring rooms and beautiful courtyard of the grounds.
The students toured the historical venue and explored many avenues in relation to the house and its founder, Frances Parkinson Keyes. Mrs. Keyes was the force who completed the renovation of the mansion, but was far more than that. Beyond becoming one of the most popular writers in the world, Mrs. Keyes was an editor, a world traveler, a linguist who read, wrote and spoke four languages, as well as a preservationist. She earned the position in American letters by writing in six fields. A fictionist, journalist and hafiographer, she wrote novels and short stories, non-fiction books including travel, magazine articles including reports of national political conventions, religious books, and poetry. (Lunch with Mrs. Keyes by Pendleton Hogan).
Ursuline students are looking forward to continued visits to the historical landmark to build working relationships with other writers and artists while strengthening their own writing skills in an amazing environment.