Collaborative Learning

John F. Kennedy Intermediate School fourth-grade students learned the art of literature through the Reading and Writing Curriculum of Teacher's College at Columbia University. District teachers followed the published work of author and professor Dr. Lucy Calkins, entitled Writing Fiction: Big Dreams, Tall Ambitions.

Students explored the curriculum through various writing units in which they used different elements to create realistic fiction writing pieces that featured genre-specific characters, plots and scenes. To exercise these skills, students participated in lessons on the complete writing process by imagining stories they wished were true, developing believable characters, creating different leads to their stories, and writing powerful endings.

In order to showcase their work, fourth-grade students came together for a culminating Realistic Fiction Writing Celebration. Students were grouped together to share their writings with their peers and provide positive feedback to one another.