Teachers Jennifer Lazicki and Brynna Ditchey rolled out the red carpet for their student authors with a publishing party on Thursday after they had their own books published. They celebrated with donuts, Hawaiian punch, and a book signing, asking, “‘Donut’ we look like great authors?”
MOUNT CARMEL — Mount Carmel Area Elementary School has announced that 98 of its students have become published authors through a national student publishing program.
Students in fourth grade planned, wrote and illustrated their own books using a free publishing kit provided by Studentreasures Publishing. The topic of their books was “self portrait.”
The students of Jennifer Lazicki and Brynna Ditchey’s classes have been working on their books for four weeks. The idea book started when students were learning about Greek and Latin root words in ELA (English and language arts) class. Students learned that in Greek or Latin, “auto” means “self,” “bio” means “life” and “graph” means “to write or draw.” When it was time to think of a topic, the students wanted to apply their root word knowledge and create their own autobiographies.
“It was a lot of fun creating the book, and I really enjoyed it. I am so excited to read my class’ book when it arrives,” said student Autumn Bergstresser.
Studentreasures says publishing a book in the classroom engages students through hands-on learning and inspires a love of reading and writing. The full-color, hardcover book is made available for the teacher or school library, and parents have an option to purchase a copy as well.
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