Teacher Nurtures Young Authors at Lane Elementary School
Lane Elementary multiage classroom teacher and published author Nicole Groeneweg has established a writer-in-residence program, complete with monthly workshops for students that include writing strategies. Students from kindergarten through sixth grade review mentor texts, practice revision techniques, and ‘show not tell’ using stronger vocabulary. While the writer-in-residence program just began this year, Groeneweg has long cultivated authorship in her class through the production of a picture book. Under her guidance, students research, write, edit, and illustrate a picture book every year in a highly inventive and collaborative environment. In 2011, her students won the grand prize for nonfiction in Scholastic Inc.’s Kids are Authors contest, with A Perfect Place for an Elf Owl. While the contest has been discontinued, the valuable lessons learned through the creation of a picture book continue; Groeneweg now self-publishes her class’s work. This year’s book is The World of Birds. Contact Nicole Groeneweg at email@example.com or news liaison Sue Chozick at firstname.lastname@example.org.