Third graders at Locust Valley Intermediate School recently had the opportunity to read to their parents and other guests. What made this event so special was that the young authors were reading their own stories aloud – sharing their writing with the audience.

Karen Kriesberg’s class learned to write personal narrative stories and experienced the joy of holding an author’s celebration when the work was complete. Gathering the ideas, writing drafts and revisions, editing, and publishing their stories was a process that taught them how to be writers. Reading the final pieces to their guests helped them feel pride in their work. Through their written stories, they invited the audience into moments in their lives.

Audience members filled out comment cards after hearing the presentations, to tell the authors how the stories made them feel. “This feedback is important, for it is extraordinary for an author to have a reader say ‘your words mattered’,” explained Mrs. Kriesberg.