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Hite-Saunders second-graders become published authors

May. 20, 2013 @ 09:43 AM

HUNTINGTON -- MaKenzie Porter's eyes got big when she was asked Wednesday if she felt famous. The 7-year-old second-grader at Hite-Saunders Elementary, then responded. "Yes I do."

She and 21 of her classmates were celebrating short stories they wrote and illustrated this semester at the school's second annual writer's workshop. Their teacher, Patricia Blake, started the project last year because it allowed students to take on a project that was their own, while also incorporating grammar, art and some research.

This year, she, has been even more impressive because she allowed her students to teach one another while she became the class facilitator.

"I helped one kid with there and their, and then he taught mini lessons to other kids," Blake said, adding that a similar thing happened with a girl who learned about quotations.

The children, dressed in some of their best outfits, discussed their book with visitors who attended the author party, while also signing autographs in a program guide that each guest received. Many parents and visitors commented on the wide range of story themes and how students let their imaginations guide the process.

"It's a wonderful thing getting them into writing," said Brandi Johnson, whose daughter Jocelyn wrote "Sophia the First." "It definitely could set a direction for them."

Garland Parsons, a member of the Cabell County Board of Education, shared similar feelings. He talked about feeling encouraged by seeing how enthusiastic the children were about their projects.

"It can change their whole outlook on education," Parsons said.

The children and their books included: "The Best Bunny Fashion Show" by Lydia Glazer, "The Creepy Woods" by Cameron Weaver, "California Here Come the Bunnies" by J.D. Francisco, "MU vs. WVU" by Shawn Rouse, "Mrs. Morgan's Theater" by Tally Mamula, "Doggy Bear" by Whitney Adams, "Emperor Strikes Back" by Max Specht, "Hedgehog's Friends" by Jesse Adkins, "The Princess Finds Puppytown" by Maria Ramey, "The Creepy House" by Cody Hatfield, "The 3 BFFs" by Kyleigh Snell, "Christmas Toys" by Riley Zornes, "Princess Schools" by Abby Newcome, "Animals" by Kassidy Paine, "The Spaghetti Problem" by Emily Clatworthy, "Mrs. Adkin's Birthday" by Ben Scarberry, "The Hedgies" by Atina Garrett-Earl, "Reptiles" by Ethan Lovejoy, "The End of the World" by Jayden Parker, "The Big Camp" by Elsa Meade, "The Lost Homework" by MaKenzie Porter and "Sophia the First" by Jocelyn Johnson.

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