WARREN, NJ - Warren Township elementary schools paid tribute to the written word in recent weeks with creative projects that challenged students to flex and hone their reading and writing skills.

Fourth graders in all four elementary schools have been working on persuasive writing. Woodland School parents were invited to a publishing party on March 13 to celebrate the conclusion of the unit, with 4th graders sharing opinion pieces that included “Should Kids Have Phones?,” “Are Trampolines Too Dangerous,” and “Should Girls Be on Boys’ Teams - This is What Professionals Do!”

At Central School, fourth graders also ended the persuasive writing unit with a writing celebration on March 8, sharing their well-written opinion texts with third grade schoolmates who are about to kick off a similar unit. Fourth grade wordsmiths at Angelo L. Tomaso School are currently still engrossed in the unit, while a couple of student essays at Mt. Horeb School were so persuasive, they convinced Principal Scott Cook to declare a “snow play day” last month.

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ALT hosted the Third Annual Reading Fair where students in grades 3-5 chose a book of any genre to read, then worked independently or in groups to create an eye-catching marketing presentation to try to “sell” their book at the reading fair on Feb. 28.

And Woodland held the First Annual Expressive Reading Showcase, where students in grades 3-5 auditioned for the chance to showcase their reading talents in front of schoolmates and parents on March 2 with expressive passages from such children’s classics as “The Giving Tree,” “Peter Pan,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”