RAHWAY — Franklin School students in grades pre-k through five participated in the National Day on Writing on Oct. 20, 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 understand its importance 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. The day began with an assembly for students in first grade through fifth, where students met a guest who was the theme for their writing activities. Who better to spend the day writing about then the school’s namesake – Benjamin Franklin?
After watching a brief biography about Franklin’s life and accomplishments, students were asked to think about what life would be like for Franklin if he were alive in the 21st century. What things would he need to learn in order to live in the year 2010? As students were asked to imagine their responses, a visual representation of Franklin appeared on the stage and walked through the auditorium to spark their interest and get them excited about writing. Students returned to their classrooms to complete an assignment connected to Franklin.
For the early childhood classes, Franklin made a brief appearance in the individual classrooms and they too began working on their age appropriate writing activities. All of these assignments will be on display in a school wide Benjamin Franklin Gallery during the month of January to honor his birthday.
Damaris Salazar is working diligently on a letter to Benjamin Franklin.
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