Showcasing Writing

STUDENTS read the narrative works of their classmates at the Enderly Author’s Gallery in the Wilford P. Ramsey Center last month. Some students had the opportunity to bring their stories to life through short films. (Harrison Mines photo)

STUDENTS read the narrative works of their classmates at the Enderly Author’s Gallery in the Wilford P. Ramsey Center last month. Some students had the opportunity to bring their stories to life through short films. (Harrison Mines photo)

AN ENDERLY HEIGHTS Elementary student checks out the published stories displayed at the Enderly Author’s Gallery. The Author’s Gallery featured stories from students in the Writer’s Workshop format at Enderly. (Harrison Mines photo)

AN ENDERLY HEIGHTS Elementary student checks out the published stories displayed at the Enderly Author’s Gallery. The Author’s Gallery featured stories from students in the Writer’s Workshop format at Enderly. (Harrison Mines photo)

FAMILIES of students visit the Enderly Author’s Gallery and get a kick out of a young writer’s story. Students volunteered as gallery guides to show visitors around the gallery. (Harrison Mines photo)

FAMILIES of students visit the Enderly Author’s Gallery and get a kick out of a young writer’s story. Students volunteered as gallery guides to show visitors around the gallery. (Harrison Mines photo)

Author’s Gallery For Students Opens In Buena Vista

Young writers from Enderly Heights Elementary put their work on display at the grand opening of the Buena Vista Author’s Gallery Dec. 4.

That evening, students and families gathered in the Ramsey Center to view narrative works from third, fourth and fifth grade authors. The Author’s Gallery, positioned alongside original art pieces from other students in Buena Vista, showcased products of the busy classrooms at Enderly.

“Students have been working on their writing using the Writing Workshop format,” Principal Kelly Linkenhoker said. The addition of Writer’s Workshop into the Buena Vista curriculum follows the format of renowned educator Lucy Caulkins and ultimately promotes literacy and creativity in Kling and Enderly elementary schools.

Students whose work was featured in the gallery also served as official gallery “guides” that evening, ushering guests on a tour of the published works.

“I thought it was a good way to get the kids involved,” Linkenhoker said. Many students working as guides wore sashes to indicate their status and proudly strolled through the gallery showing families the walls decorated with stories their classmates created with supplemental illustrations.

The published writings were all “personal narratives” derived from students’ experience, Writer’s Workshop instructor Mitzi Staton told the School Board Thursday, Dec. 12. In a presentation to the Board about the gallery, Staton explained the writing process for the young authors. “These are ‘I’ stories.”

The Enderly Writer’s Workshop was able to take the personal narratives up a notch by introducing a visual medium to a select number of stories. Southern Virginia University student Travis Chisholm assisted in filming six students’ stories into short movies on display both at the Author’s Gallery and for the School Board.

Authors turned into actors in their short films, also involving parents and staff to help reenact tales from the students’ lives. The evening of Dec. 12, the School Board saw films of students’ life experiences, including emergency doctor visits and unexpected trips to the dentist. Students’ videos played on loop in the Author’s Gallery, drawing the attention and delight of many students during the grand opening.

“Our next unit will be informational text,” Staton said. “Everyone wanted to begin research online with Google. I told them, ‘Start with things you know.’”

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