Perkins School teacher Jessica McNabb’s 19 second-graders who had published their first attempts at fiction writing were recently honored at an informal celebration of their efforts.
The young writers read their imaginative stories to their classmates and listened to observations from listeners about why they liked their stories and what they learned.
Eight of McNabb’s students read their stories in her classroom, and the others read in Rhonda Precourt’s room. Precourt is a second grade literacy coach at the pre-kindergarten through second grade school who assists in McNabb’s classroom with a new writing program, ”Being a Writer,” which is being piloted in the school district at the primary level this year.
One classroom from each grade level at Perkins and Lincoln schools are participating in the program.
The students’ fictional booklets, which featured one or two pages with drawings, were the culmination of the monthlong unit of study on fictional characters where students wrote stories and edited them, often working collaboratively.
The new writing program also addressed students being active listeners, asking questions and speaking clearly.
As part of the celebration, the young writers cheered their classmates with applause and/or raising their juice boxes as a congratulatory gesture after each took turns reading their stories.
“The students worked very hard on this,” McNabb said. “It was the first time in second grade that they have gone through the editing process, and I’ve seen a lot of growth in them as writers.”