This week, the fifth grade classes proudly presented the culmination of months of hard work on their pieces of fiction at the Young Authors' Teas.
In following with the annual Brookside tradition, the Young Authors' Teas were held at Thornlea, which was once the elegant residence of Henry Booth. After working tirelessly to brainstorm, research, write, revise, and publish their works, the fifth graders presented their stories to appreciative parents and teachers. Each fifth grader gave a brief introduction of his or her story, read an excerpt, discussed his or her inspirations for the story, and gave insight into the writing process.
Taking the language arts teachers' advice of "writing what you know" to heart, and adding a healthy dash of imagination, the fifth graders wrote about diverse topics such as discrimination in the Vietnam War, the voyage of the Mayflower, Chippewa tribespeople, college students studying abroad in New Zealand, and the life of a dog reimagined as a person. Not only did the students work hard to edit their stories, they also conducted a great deal of research. One student even visited the Cranbrook Archives to do research for a story about a girl who travels back in time to Brookside in the 1920s.
Following the students' speeches, everyone celebrated the fifth graders' accomplishments with some tea and treats. Congratulations, young authors!
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