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What if you had to apply to be in the fourth grade?

Students in Meg Richards’ class took wondering about that a few steps further, when Richards assigned them to write cover letters aimed at convincing her they were ideal candidates for a spot in her classroom.

Fourth-grader Cam Wildfeuer likes all genres of books

Cameron Wildfeuer recognizes that when the teacher is talking, “it is my time to listen.” And he can read, he pointed out, “because I have learned, over the years, what kind of characters (letters) are.”

Kaylee Harder noted her “good eye contact, even when I was younger,” plus her clear handwriting and her ability to learn quickly.

The project exercised students’ skills in persuasive and thesis writing, and included mock interviews. “I wanted them to reflect on what made them a good student, and they had to sell themselves,” Richards pointed out.

The lesson also served as an introduction to informative and five-paragraph essay writing.

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Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a reporter and copy editor, covering East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills and Northview. She is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio or email Morgan.

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