March 25, 2014 at 8:24 PM
WARREN, NJ - On Friday, March 21, Central School's second graders came to school in disguise.
Students from the classes of Jackie Buckley, Amanda Gordon, and Laura Rodaman had been encouraged to choose biographies to read and then create a report about the famous person they selected.
In the classroom, teachers had aligned mini lessons with Core Curriculum Content Standards, teaching students how to write a report with non-fiction text. Students applied note-taking skills while fact finding and teachers provided the children with graphic organizers allowing them to arrange important information and events in time order.
The children followed each stage of the writing process and were able to use computers to publish their work. Students read the reports they had written about their biographical selection while sharing their illustrations while classmates tried to guess who they were.
They had practiced writing and speaking in first person and took their roles seriously, remaining in costume throughout the entire day. Through this non-fiction writing experience, students not only taught classmates about someone famous from history, but many other grade levels around the school benefited from the knowledge as well. Just as it has been for the past 15 years, Biography Day was a great learning experience for all.