THIS Primary Publishing Party
Early November is a time for publishing parties in THIS Primary. At the end of each unit, students celebrate their growth and success by sharing their final writing products with peers, teachers and families. Publishing parties allow for authentic experiences of sharing work for an audience as well as the opportunity for students to read other’s work.
At THIS Primary we celebrate all students’ growth as writers. This means that although teachers support students in revising and editing their work based on checklists and rubrics, they do not edit or change students writing. This is to further create a growth mindset and put students in the driver’s seat of their learning. Our students know, it is not just about the finished product, but that they can transfer learned skills into their future writing.
Our focus is on the structure, development and conventions of their writing. Students need ample time to practice writing and choice. This is why in each class you will see a variety of topics and stories created.
Student Comment from 3P Aubrey
“I have grown as a writer. I made cool colorful words in my book (author’s craft) but I have to work more with my spelling. Too many wrong words! Also, I should make a better topic. ”
Now, let’s take a closer look at the 3rd grader’s publishing party for this unit. The publishing party celebration incorporated both grade 3 classes. This writing unit was on personal narratives. Students shared their own experiences while trying to use a “storytelling” voice. To do this they learned to add dialogue, use strong leads and endings, enrich their word choices, and stretch out the heart of their stories. They edited and fine-tuned their stories by checking their spelling, eliminating unnecessary parts, and drawing pictures to publish their completed work.
Teachers commented on the growth of students in this unit and how amazed they are by our 3rd-grade writers!
Teacher’s Comment from Priya
(3W Homeroom Teacher)
“The students were really excited to share and read each other’s stories. As their homeroom teacher, I was proud to see their growth reflected in their work. It’s rewarding to see the products of teaching in a creative and complete way, and have the students eager to leave their best impression. They had a great foundation from Grade 2, and it was gratifying to see this develop and flourish in Grade 3.”
The primary school students and staff were invited to the celebration. Everyone was asked to read the stories and leave a positive comment for the students to encourage their future writing. Some comments complimented students’ use of details to attract readers, others mentioned their fantastic endings. Many comments found the stories creative and fascinating. It was a joyous and happy occasion were smiles could be seen on all of our author’s faces.
Now, let’s take a look at some of our 3 graders’ personal narratives!
# My First Pet, Milk by Amy Zhu #
# The Missing Light Bulb by Stephen Zhang #
# The Ballet Class Visitor by Belinda Bao #
# The Boy in the Dress by Elisa Zhang #
# Universal Studios by Eric Liu #
来自小学主任Ms. Britni Padilla的话
From Primary Director Ms. Britni Padilla
“It is great to be able to see student’s growth as writers. As the primary Director, I attend each grades publishing parties and am able to see the skill progression from grades 1-5 in action. Not only do students skills become more complex, but their vocabulary and understanding of author’s craft improve immensely. It is always a joy to see students showcase their ability to tell stories in a meaningful and structured way.”
Tsinghua International School puts great emphasis on nurturing writing abilities in primary students. The primary writing workshop practices THIS’s core values to promote students to be diligent, collaborative and innovative learners. Publishing parties are a great chance to bring the THIS community together to former a positive atmosphere revolved around reading and communication rather than students finishing independent writing alone. Through this event, students learned to be good listeners and to be repectful towards other’s work and opinions. This results in the THIS community being mutually encouraged and moving forward together.
文字 Writing & 图片 Pictures | Britni Padilla, Priya Govender，Maggie Cheng, Mercy Xu
排版 Editing | Mercy Xu
审核 Auditing | Britni Padilla, Toni Dong, Wenping Li