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Young writer’s share stories during authors’ day

NEWS                                                                                 Walnut Valley Unified School District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              880 S. Lemon Avenue

May 14, 2015                                                                     Walnut, CA 91789



Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources

(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204


Quail Summit writer’s share stories during young authors’ day

DIAMOND BAR, CA—Quail Summit’s Young Authors' Day celebrates every student's voice and creativity through their published writing.  

About 650 children read their original stories in groups of K-5 students during the event held on May 15.

Kindergartners wrote personal narratives as a "Very Busy Kindergartner."  

First graders read their informational texts derived from their research on animals.  

Damian Rizzo shared his non-fiction book about sharks.

Second and third graders wrote fictional stories that included characters, setting, problem and solution.  

In one group, students wrote about making a first soccer goal, a favorite vacation, and getting a new puppy.

Fourth graders wrote historical fiction, applying factual details from the 1800's in their writing.  

Fifth graders used academic language, dialogue and "juicy" words to write fictional stories.  

Asha Longsworth wrote a book about something important in her life – dancing.

“I like dancing a lot! I talked about what I do in class. I stretch for half the class and do splits on the wall. It’s worth it because I get to dance afterward!”

Over 60 parent and community volunteers facilitated the author groups.  

The writing assignment gave students an opportunity to let their imaginations flow.

Fifth grader Justin Schlachter wrote about a kid playing the Minecraft video game.

“He went upstairs when his sister started whining. When he came down, he jumped off the last stair step into his game!”

“I like it because you get to hear about people’s stories and what they like to do,” Longsworth added. “And if the younger students are shy, I try to help them.”

To culminate the day, the Imagination Machine acted out several of the student's published stories.  

“This experience of writing for a purpose and for an audience gave our students motivation and relevance to write with perseverance,” said Principal Jeanette Koh.

The Young Authors' Day was a huge success due to the coordination, planning and organization of teachers, Leann Legind, Jennifer Underwood, Sally Kim, Kathy McLean, and Diane Penticoff.


Quail Summit students read published stories during Young Authors’ Day held on May 13.