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Students Coached by Authors, Write Short Stories

Students receive guidance from authors Sixth-grader Vanessa Trujillo, 11, receives guidance from author and illustrator Gail Ross while writing a short story Dec. 10 at Skyview Middle School in District 49. Ross and author and illustrator Sally Burr were guest speakers in Connie Sandel’s science classes. They have collectively published 12 children’s books in the Black Forest Friends series, and recently released “The Role of Wildland Fire in Our Forests.” During their presentation, they coached students exploring the writing process and assisted them with writing their own short stories. “I’m so impressed with their creativity, and I wish we could see their final products,” said Burr.

Funded by grant dollars, sixth grade students recently participated in a Challenger Learning Center virtual mission, focusing on the effect of natural disasters on climates.

Students will write a story describing the climate consequences of the virtual natural disaster.

“It’s really tying together science and language arts,” said Sandel. Each student will receive a blank hardcover book, provided by grant money, to write their narratives in.

“It’s phenomenal. The kids are so creative.” said Ross.
Kayla Maldonado