Saturday, February 9, 2013

Senior-K Literary Exchange Project

Each trimester Casady seniors take a new English course.

Mrs. Finley offers Multiple Genre Creative Writing during the winter trimester, and students conclude a unit of study focused on children’s literature.

After spending a few days reading and critiquing children’s literature, seniors begin the process of crafting their own stories. They work diligently being conscientious about their content, structure, characterization, use of rhetorical devices, and illustration. The project culminates with an opportunity for seniors to share their stories with kindergarten children. One of the students remarked, “The pressure is on when you know that at the end of your work you are going to be critiqued by real 6-year-olds!”

The project started in 2010-2011. It was such a great success that some of the kindergarten teachers used the experience as a launching pad for their students to write stories too. In the year 2011-2012, the Casady kindergartners crafted their own unique stories and reciprocate at sharing story time with seniors in the spring.

The 2012-2013 project expanded, Dr. Hubble's classes joined the literary exchange.  Seniors shared stories with Kindergarten students the second week in February.

 The kindergarten students will share their stories with seniors in the month of April.

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