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November 27, 2018
This fall, students across the Lower School celebrated their first unit of writing with Publishing Parties. Throughout the year, Lower School students develop a keen awareness of purpose and audience as they explore different modes of writing, develop their own unique voices as writers, and articulate ideas with clarity and expression.
For this first unit, each grade focused on specific aspects of the writing process as well as different styles of writing. First graders focused on personal narrative and families joined students to celebrate independent writers and growth over time. Students were on the lookout within the writing process for ideas, voice, details, revisions, and elaboration.
Second graders shared their small moment stories, where they zoomed into a small moment in their life by using details, dialogue, and actions. Along with their published pieces, they shared how they took their pieces through the writing process (plan, draft, revise, edit).
Third grade writers also shared personal narratives about a small moment of their lives. In their first unit, they learned how to incorporate dialogue, action, and description into their writing.
The first unit for 4th graders was realistic fiction. Students focused on developing characters and problems that could happen in real life.
Fifth grade writers also shared personal narratives about a moment from their lives that changed them. In this first unit, students learned about how to incorporate themes into their stories by making the heart of the story thump from the first sentence to the last.
4th and 5th graders met to share their writing and ideas to celebrate the National Day on Writing.