Third grade students at Jackson Elementary School in Medford first wrote and published a book about their teacher, Mrs. Hayes, last year. This year the trend continued. The students are now authoring a second book about themselves.
The book is titled “About Me” and features mini autobiographies of all of the students in the class.
In the book, each student has a page where they discuss their hobbies, favorite subjects in school, and what they want to be when they grow up.
A classroom volunteer said the book is not only helping students improve their writing skills but learn about teamwork.
“Well I think one of the things I’ve learned is collectively they can produce something that is pretty amazing, where each kid writing one little bit doesn’t create a book, but by working together, they put their book together, and then we were able to publish it,” said Dennis Neeley, classroom volunteer.
Neeley said it was the students’ idea to write both books. He said the idea came to life last year during a reading session when one of the students said the book was boring and was enlightened to write his own. The whole class liked the idea, and decided to make their book about their teacher. This year the students suggested they write a second book.
A book signing was held for family and friends of the students on Tuesday night in the Jackson Elementary classroom.