The Art of Writing a Children's Story

The Art of Writing a Children's Story
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Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) offers the opportunity to enrich learning by meeting the needs of all students.  Also known as callback, middle school students complete various activities and projects during MTSS, and a group of students working with Mrs. Zinnel had the opportunity to share their creative skills with others.

For several weeks, students worked with partners to write and illustrate a children’s book.  Jimmy Slattery shared, “We started the process by reading children’s books to get an idea of what the story needs, and then we came up with a format with the main character, plot, and moral or lesson taught.”

The students then got to work writing and illustrating their stories.  With vastly differing characters and plotlines, there was a wide range of lessons taught.  Slattery, along with his partner, Grace Katzer, focused on how to overcome being shy through their story entitled, The Boy and the Alien. 

Audry Hansen said that once the project was complete, the class went to Johnson School and shared their stories with KinderKids, kindergarten and first-grade classrooms.  “We read our story to the students and asked them questions about what they learned from the story,” said Edyn Blau.  After one partnership read their story, Squeaky the Pug, about never giving up, Ms. Schimmer reminded her students that they had to write about a person who inspired them to be good, and one of the students compared “Squeaky” to Captain America, because neither character gave up, proving the young students could understand the content and make connections. 

For MTSS student, Brooke Moser, the experience was extra special.  Since her mom, Kim Moser, is a first-grade teacher, Brooke and her partner were able to read to Mrs. Moser’s students.  Brooke said she enjoyed it, and Mrs. Moser said her students loved the experience too!