Caldwell Middle School Author Residency Day 1 – Monday, January 7, 2013





Today was my first day at Caldwell Middle School doing a writing residency with the fourth grade students. First, I taught the students how to make a six page book out of a single sheet of paper using origami, the Japanese art of paper-folding.




Using my book, The Little “Read” Hen, The students learned the six step process of creating a story: brainstorming, researching, outlining, drafting, editing, and proofing. Each of these steps was demonstrated and documented in their six-page origami book.




I told the story from my book using the Smart Board.




Ms. Guidry, one of the fourth-grade teachers, started “winging it.” What a cool chick! :)




I saw six fourth-grade classes for 45 minutes each. It was a full, fun day!




I look forward to continuing the writing process with the students and seeing their creativity blossom!


Until next time…


Warmly, Dianne

Categories Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, Children's Stories, Dianne de Las Casas, Language Arts, Literacy, Reading, School Visit, Storyteller, Storytelling, Teaching Artist, The Little "Read" Hen, writing

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