OSWEGO — To close out the school year, second-grade students at Trinity Catholic School had their final author celebration on June 17. The students have spent the year writing numerous original texts during writing workshop held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings throughout the school year.

The children's writing experiences began in first-grade with Linda Kieper under the direction of Judy Coniski and continued this year with Kathy Cummings.

The students have had systematic instruction that has helped them develop their writing skills. They have written stories using their own personal experiences. They have had the benefit of teacher modeling and exposure to mentor texts by famous children's authors. They have learned how to revise and edit their own pieces and develop their stories by adding details.

Opportunities were also given for children to develop skills in writing informational texts. The children went through the process of writing their own nonfiction texts. They chose topics based upon their knowledge, to develop how-to and all about books. This provided an invaluable experience for students, as they will find so much of their reading in subsequent grades will be of the nonfiction genre.

The children always looked forward to writing workshop days.

Trinity Catholic, a prekindergarten to sixth grade school, offers many programs that enrich children's learning in addition to a strong focus on academic learning.

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