Write what you know, they say. These students did it

Want to know about soccer? Sully Bedore can help.

Running? Chloe Volovlek has lots to share.

Irish dancing? Kate Bishop wrote the book on it.

In fact, every first grader in Nikki Haitz’s Lakeside Elementary classroom wrote books on topics they know about.

The project was part of the Lucy Calkins Unit of Study Writing, where students learned and implemented strategies to write nonfiction chapter books, Haitz explained. The unit begins with children writing a basic informational picture book and ends with students planning, writing and revising informational chapter books on a topic they consider themselves experts on. 

The unit allows students numerous opportunities to self-assess their writing on the various elements introduced, which helps instill the habit of reflection and goal-setting as a writer, Haitz added.

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Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema 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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