There is nothing quite as thrilling for a writer as completing her own book. The second-graders at Shulamith experienced this special joy. This year they learned skills and strategies that helped them to create magnificent poetry and biographical books, which they presented at the Levi Yitzchak Library for parents and grandparents on June 12 and June 13.
The literacy program, under the direction of Mrs. Susie Garber, literacy coach, encompasses Journeys, which covers all the Common Core standards and the writing workshop curriculum from Columbia University Teachers College. The second-grade authors have gained so much in terms of skills as well as confidence and excitement about writing.
To create the biography books, the students interviewed a family member or someone close to the family. Then they learned how to take that information and craft it into a book with illustrations. In poetry, they learned poetry tools like onomatopoeia and sensory imagery and how to apply them to their original works. It was a pleasure to see their joy of accomplishment when they rose in small groups to present their lovely illustrated books. Kudos to their wonderful teacher, Mrs. Sharon Katz, and the assistant teachers, Morah Maya, Morah Pessie, and Morah Faigy. Next week the third- and fourth-grade authors will have an opportunity, G‑d willing, to share their portfolios of work at their author teas. v