Fourth Graders Learn About Writing Through Unusual Lessons

RAHWAY—While Franklin School in Rahway is always an electrifying place to learn, on Tuesday, Oct. 20, something a little unusual was taking place in the fourth grade hallway.

Glimpses of neck bolts, orange flashing lights, a long pointy hat, and a black flowing cape could be seen.  Fourth graders waiting to be picked up in the auditorium were told their teachers had not come in today and were soon greeted by Frankenstein’s monster, a witch, a jack-o-lantern, and a vampire.


The teachers shared with the students that all would be participating in the National Day on Writing as sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English and a resolution passed by Senate.  Educators were encouraged to celebrate writing and help students see the importance of writing in their lives in the 21st century.  The idea to celebrate this day was brought to Franklin School through a partnership with Kean University’s National Writing Project.

Each fourth grade teacher taught a different writing lesson that inspired the costume that they wore to help engage the students in the writing process.  Frankenstein’s monster, also known as Raquel Cardet, taught a creative writing lesson and the students wrote stories about Frankenstein’s monster arriving at Franklin School for the day.

Susan Farrar, dressed as a witch, taught the students how to write Halloween-themed haikus.  Campfire stories were written and told along side a paper campfire with instruction from Melissa Campesi, dressed as a vampire. Kathy Bentley, or Ms. Pumpkin for the day, taught students to write persuasive letters from a pumpkin’s point of view.

Inclusion support teachers, Christine Blanchard, Tara Makowka, and Rafaella Nicoll, were also dressed to join in with the theme of the day.

The day ended with students choosing one of the four pieces of writing and sharing it in a poetry house setting in the auditorium.  Students took the author’s chair and shared their writing for their classmates, teachers, and vice-principal to hear.  Their work was honored by the snaps of the audience in true poetry reading form.

The day exposed students to writing in a variety of forms and showed students the importance and joy of writing. Students and teachers alike are already planning for next year’s activities to honor the National Day on Writing.

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Justin Becker edits his work with teacher Susan Farrar.

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Takshat Patel works on his persuasive letter.

(The article and pictures are courtesy of Franklin School’s fourth grade teachers.)

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