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

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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




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.




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!




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




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