Fourth-graders celebrate becoming published authors

David Bassani's class poses with their published stories
David Bassani’s class poses with their published stories

Schuylerville Elementary School students in David Bassani’s fourth grade class are celebrating becoming published authors, after their short stories were compiled into a book to keep in the school library. The class held a writing celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 22, where they each received a copy of the book and presented a copy to school librarian Maria Weeks.

“Writing celebrations are great because it is a time to celebrate and honor students’ hard work as writers,” said Krista Senatore, literacy coach.

Students were tasked with generating an idea for a story based on their life experiences, as well as developing characters, problems and outcomes.

“The students made their characters come to life by using dialogue and action to reveal characters’ motivation and challenges,” Senatore said. “They took their stories through the writing process, planning scenes using a story arc in their writer’s notebook and then drafting, revising and editing the story.”

The students celebrated their accomplishment by reading their classmates’ stories, having their photo taken and marking the occasion with a toast, using cups of juice.