Union Free School District
- Hastings-on-Hudson U.F.S.D.
Farragut Middle School Students Hold Story Sharing Celebration
Farragut Middle School students marked their newly published stories this past week with a special celebration.
In Mary Greene and Larry Cerretani’s sixth grade English Language Arts class, students have spent the last several weeks writing fictional short stories leading up to a story sharing celebration held this week. Progressing from a brainstorming session to a rough draft, students worked diligently on developing their ideas, finally turning them into their final products: ‘published’ stories.
“I'm proud that I turned a paragraph into a whole short story,” said student Haley Ehrlich.
“I think it was great for them to take a piece from start to finish, edit and fine tune it,” added Greene.
However, the result only came after rounds of editing and revisions. The assignment required students to include figurative language and all the plot elements of an actual short story, which they had learned by reading real examples. While the students worked hard to put some polish on their published work, they were still surprised to see their ideas spill out onto the page.
“I am proud that I wrote a lot more than I thought I could,” said student Jalen Pekklaka-Bitterman.
After completing their short stories, the students learned that they would be able to celebrate by sharing them with their classmates. With genres ranging from contemporary fiction and fantasy to mystery and thriller, the students had plenty of stories to pick up, read, and discuss.
“I noticed a lot of creativity and originality during the story sharing,” said student Alina Abrams.
“I am most proud of all of the themes I had in my short story,” added student Amelia Goldberg. “I also really loved the comments I got about it.”
After reading their peer’s stories, the students received individual compliment sheets to write down their favorite parts and quotes, an activity the students found valuable for their own writing.
“This was a great celebration for their final product,” said Cerretani. “It was kind of like a book review, and the students were very thoughtful regarding each other's work.”
In fact, some of the compliments that the students received spurred the confidence they needed to take their stories to the next level.
“Some students actually entered their stories into a writing contest, in which they submitted the first line of their stories,” said Greene.
Cerretani and Greene said that their students would be crossing genres to write non-fiction interdisciplinary research papers in the coming weeks.