Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to conduct a reading at Jamon Montessori School in Silver Spring, Maryland. I had toyed with the idea of creating a writing workshop in which I would sit with a group of children and walk them through the process of writing a story. After sharing my thoughts with the school’s Director, Lisa Miller, it became clear she wanted to take this idea a step further and have the children write and publish a book that they could take home with them for the summer.
Working with the four children (three second graders and a first grader) who were eager about writing, was a blast! . I kept the process simple by teaching the kids a basic three act structure that included the Set-up, Climax and Conclusion. In addition, there were three criteria for the young writers on this project, 1.They had to work together 2. The story had to be health and/or fitness based and 3. They had to use characters from the Chunky and Friends book series. Much to the Director and my satisfaction, the children delivered a book titled, “Attack of the Bad Health Elf,” written and colored by MMAC (Maya, Melvin, Alex and Canady) and illustrated by their resident artist, Mr. Monte.
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