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October 19, 2018

Students become authors at Volney Elementary School


Tales intertwining history, animals and imagination were woven together by Volney Elementary School fourth-graders during a presentation to family members on Dec. 6.

Elizabeth Carter reads her story, “Tiger and the Mohawk Boy,” aloud during a recent event at Volney Elementary School.

Elizabeth Carter reads her story, “Tiger and the Mohawk Boy,” aloud during a recent event at Volney Elementary School.

Twenty-one students in Erin Brewster’s class displayed their creativity as they read stories they wrote and illustrated as part of the English language arts curriculum.

Stories such as “The Tiger and the Mohawk Boy” and “Bear’s Race with Otter” captivated the audience, with imaginations running wild.

“The kids practiced a lot,” Brewster said. “We read aloud 43 different stories first. After they wrote their stories, they got to go to different classrooms and share them out loud and practice reading in front of an audience.”

That practice paid off, and each student was able to gain public speaking skills while honing their reading and writing abilities.

Volney Elementary School fourth-grader Noah Cordone reads the folktale he wrote as part of a class project. He and his classmates in Erin Brewster’s class each read their stories aloud to an audience of family members on Dec. 6 in the school library.

Volney Elementary School fourth-grader Noah Cordone reads the folktale he wrote as part of a class project. He and his classmates in Erin Brewster’s class each read their stories aloud to an audience of family members on Dec. 6 in the school library.

“They had to conceptualize a story,” Brewster said. “They had to come up with a beginning, middle and end and then they typed the story using Microsoft Word, they talked about where the page breaks were going to come and then they had to input it into Publisher.”

Although the five-week project culminated with the recent read-aloud event, which included cookies and punch, Brewster said she is hoping the lesson will stay with the students beyond the fourth-grade classroom.

“I hope this encourages them and shows them that they can be authors too,” she said.

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