Did someone say 'party'?!? Mrs. Steinbock did when she transformed her language and literature class into a celebratory space with fairy lights and streamers to recognize our 7th and 8th Grade writers for their hard work. This 'Publishing Party' was designed to provide our authors with an authentic audience and celebrate the culmination of our first formal writing unit.
Our middle schoolers started this experience by reading model narratives, identifying the strengths of the pieces and qualities of the genre, and comparing/contrasting this structure to essay writing. Then it was time to get down to creating! Students brainstormed their ideas and planned out individual story arcs. Mrs. Steinbock guided our writers as they determined the appropriate point of view for narration, developed their plots with conflict, added dialogue, and revised by strengthening the quality of their sentences and enhancing their vocabulary. After self-checking their work alongside the writing rubric, they each had a peer edit their writing.
Clearly, there was much to celebrate! Students snacked, listened to their peers read their narratives, and provided clear and meaningful feedback. Click here to see more photos of our publishing party. Our 6th Graders are currently working on their narratives...stay tuned...another Publishing Party is on the horizon!