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