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May 19, 2011 Celebrate Writing and Young Authors! By Nancy Jang
Grades 1–2, 3–5

    Every day in my classroom students spend time writing, either by themselves or with partners. Some students illustrate books while others peer edit or meet with me. Every week, we have Writers Workshop in our classroom, and when a student has finished a story and the illustrations are complete, they present it at Author's Chair. I am pleased to share with you a fun Author's Chair video featuring several of my students. Enjoy!


    NJang_051911_istock14129428 _girlhomeworkIf you don't have a young authors' fair in your district, here is your opportunity to have one at your school. My school district holds the Young Authors' Faire for all the schools in our district to participate in. Each school is allowed to send up to ten books. Many schools hold a writing contest before sending on the winners to the county level. In Orange County, the Young Authors' Faire displays books from all over Orange County. They also provide goodie bags for each young author, a pancake breakfast, and tons of entertainment. This year, the Imagination Machine performed; several authors and illustrators signed books, including Fancy Nancy illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser; and there were several stages with writing activities in between.

    I'm very proud of my students who write stories, and I am especially proud of the students that were able to participate in this year's Young Authors' Faire. Here are a few photos from the event in the book display room, interactive writing room, and Mr. BARK's Read Around Room.

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    Happy teaching,



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