Writing is about more than just words on a page, as one class found out with an assignment that had students research social action and write their findings.
Sixth graders at the Cranbury School were asked by their language arts teacher Elizabeth Grimaldi to create research papers on social service. They selected a service organization, learned about it, and wrote about its main purpose and function. Then, they were encouraged to help that organization and keep a journal about that work. They also wrote a letter to the organization describing their service project.
“We took an idea, wrote about it and made it happen,” student Kylee Tucholski said.
Many students conducted fundraisers for their organization. They sent the money they raised with the letter to the organization.
Ms. Grimaldi was encouraged by the students’ experience. She said that it made her “think more positive about the future.”