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My Favorite Relative

A digital approach adds meaning to writing for students and families

My Favorite Relative

I wanted to find a meaningful project to highlight my first graders’ accomplishments in writing, and since we were studying a Language Arts unit on families, I chose this topic. My students were excited to get started and immediately chose a favorite relative.

As the students prepared to write first drafts, one asked, “Why can’t we do this on the computer?” The chorus of approval from his peers had us all heading for our devices.

As the project progressed, students’ excitement grew! They shared ideas with one another, complimenting and encouraging. Their passion for the project led to more detail and editing, improving their writing even further.

We shared the digital stories online and at a classroom event. The expressions and pride on the students’ faces were priceless. One father began to cry when he learned that he was his son’s hero.

My students were connected, excited, motivated, inquisitive, and left first grade with memories that will last a lifetime.

Bernajean Porter

by Barbara Plum

Barbara Plum is a Kindergarten teacher at Montgomery Elementary in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania.

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