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SUBMITTED by Brenda Pittman

Jessica McNabb’s 19 second graders at Perkins School, who recently “published” their first attempts at fiction writing, were feted at an informal, but well-deserved celebration of their efforts right after lunch January 23, 2017.

Brayden Serrett reads his "Brady the Bat and Everything" booklet to some of his Perkins School classmates.
The young writers read their youthfully imaginative stories to their classmates and then listened to observations from the listeners about why their liked their stories and what they learned.

Second grade teacher Jessica McNabb watches as stories are read.
Eight of McNabb’s room students read their stories in their classroom and the other eight in Rhonda Precourt’s room. Precourt is a second grade literacy coach at the Pre-K through second grade school who assists in McNabb’s classroom with a new writing program called ”Being A Writer” being piloted in the school district at the primary level this year.

One classroom from each grade level at Perkins and Lincoln School are participating.

The students’ fictional booklets, comprised of one or two pages that included drawings, were the culmination of the recent, month-long unit of study on fictional characters in which students also wrote stories and edited them, often working collaboratively.

Nicholas Coons

The new writing program also addresses students being active listeners, asking questions and speaking clearly.

As part of the celebration, the young writers cheered their classmates with applause and or by raising their juice boxes as a congratulatory gesture after each took turns reading their stories.
McNabb was pleased with the outcome.
“The students worked very hard on this,” she 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.”
Nicholas Coons reads to some of his classmates in Perkins School second grade literacy coach Rhonda Precourt's room.


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