Whenever I get the opportunity to speak to students, I make it a point to let them know that every lesson they learn, every activity they take part in when it comes to Writer’s Workshop, I have to essentially go through the very same process. From brainstorm sessions to the final draft, I practice the very same process that students are learning in schools.
That’s why it was terrific to take a class of third graders at Eastwood Heights Elementary School in El Paso and give them a sneak peak at my new children’s book, Pizza for Breakfast!
Thanks to Andrea Darby and her students, the class got to hear me read the book and take part in pointing out slight errors in grammar or the images themselves. I wanted to know what may or may not have made sense, what text resonated with the kids, what went over their heads, etc. And I have to say, the class came through BIG TIME!
Because of their efforts, I was able to provide great feedback to both the publisher and the illustrator. A revised draft is forthcoming – and I’ll make sure to share in the next round of peer review. After all, these kids are authors, themselves, too!