Turtle Creek Elementary School students got a special treat today (Wednesday, March 5). Delavan-Darien High School students in the Creative Writing class came in to meet with the several grades of students so they could read the original books they written and illustrated in Sara Terrill’s class.
As part of the high school assignment, students had to develop a “plot” and illustrate it. They figured out a lesson they wanted to convey and crafted a story around it.
They bound the books all on their own, as well.
They chose their words very deliberately based on the age level for the novel, and read to the appropriate Turtle Creek students. Some high school students also read other already-published books to the Turtle Creek kids.
“Before we began the project, we looked at sample published children’s books and analyzed those,” Terrill said. “The students were surprised about how much goes into creating a children’s book!”
The Turtle Creek students were surprised to see their visitors and were more than a willing-to-listen audience. They also got to practice being courteous when visitors came into the classroom.
A worthy lesson for all involved, young and old.