On Friday, Nov. 1, over 300 third, fourth and fifth grade students gathered for their Young Authors Day assembly at the
Winfield Intermediate School. The students all waited, guessing who the special guest would be this time. Principal, Natalie DeWeese announced that there wasn’t just one author, their was over 300 authors in the room. The students looked around and clapped for their selves as DeWeese proclaimed them all as new young authors.
Winfield Intermediate School has been focusing a lot of their time on writing and learning the Common Core within the building. For the past six weeks the third, fourth, and fifth graders have been working on writing their own stories and even got to listen to Cynthia Willenbrock, who wrote “Marshall the Miracle Dog” during a previous Authors Days assembly. Listening to successful writers and getting tips to telling a good story helped to encourage the students to use their imaginations and complete a story of their own.
Some students realized that they liked to tell stories through illustration. “I like telling stories because it lets me draw a picture with the story. Its my favorite part about writing,” said Sabrina Adkisson, age 9.
Other students like to write so they can use their imagination. “I like to be able to express myself in different ways. You get to make up your own story and it can go the way you want it to go” Layla Mabie, 10, added.
The Young Authors assembly had a slide show of the students working within the classroom on their masterpieces. Students clapped and sang to the music “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang to show how excited they were to be finished with their first piece of writing for the year. After everyone was pumped up, the students were numbered off into groups where they were able to read their stories out loud and get feedback from their peers.
“Overall the day was a huge success! As a building principal I want students to see that they all have a story to tell and that they all can be authors’ of those stories.” said Natalie DeWeese, Intermediate principal.