Maine-Endwell Central School District News Article

These 2nd graders are published authors!

Girl reading book

Maine Memorial second graders in Mrs. Strano’s class are published authors! These Spartans wrote and illustrated their own book through a national student publishing program.

As part of their ELA unit, the students have been working on Nonfiction Teaching Books. As part of the publishing process, the students worked together to plan, write, and illustrate their book.  They learned how to teach others with their writing, by including interesting details, by making pictures into teaching pictures, by putting all of their information into chapters, and so much more!

Each student, in the classroom and learning remotely, contributed one page and illustration to the book. Each page included an introduction, a sound word, facts, a tip and a conclusion. Some of the topics the students wrote about are animals, the solar system, weather and dinosaurs!

The students celebrated their accomplishment at a publishing party where each student read their own chapter to the class.

“Publishing a book in the classroom engages students through hands-on learning and inspires a love of reading and writing,” said Mrs. Strano. “The best part?” she add. “A classroom full of proud, smiling young authors, with a memory that lasts a lifetime.”

Each student went home with a full color, bound book. Additionally, a full-color, deluxe hardcover book will stay in their classroom library for years to come!


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