Caldwell Middle School Author Residency Day 3 – Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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Friends:

 

Today was day three of my writing residency at Caldwell Middle School through a grant administered by Story Tapestries and the Houma Regional Arts Council. The students were given a rubric to follow. Each story was required to have:

 

* A beginning, middle and end
* Interesting characters
* Dialogue
* A jazzy title
* A conflict and resolution
* Use two vocabulary words from their word wall

 

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Today, the students created a rough draft of their story. There were so many great stories from each fourth grade class. One of my favorites was “Roachpunzel,” a remix of “Rapunzel” set in New York City. Roachpunzel is trapped in a skyscraper by an evil witch squirrel.

 

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In my class after lunch in Ms. Funguy’s class, three of the four groups of students completed their stories. One of the stories was about a piranha and a walrus searching for treasure inside a pyramid. There were booby traps, mummies chasing, and adventure!

 

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It was such a pleasure to see these students work in cohesive groups and accomplish their team writing goals.

 

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Great job, Caldwell Middle School fourth graders! It will be fun to read all the stories when they are completed tomorrow.

 

Until next time…

 

Warmly, Dianne

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