Elementary School Writing: Writing with Aesop


3-5th graders; Class size:20






Karen Boniface

Class Introduction

Grade Level—3-5 Book & Materials Fee—$20 (payable to Inkwell on the first day of class) Length of Class—25 sessions Teacher—Inkwell English Education About Inkwell: Inkwell is owned and operated by Karen Boniface. Nominated for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2000, 2004, 2005, 2006), Hope College’s Most Influential High School Teacher (2005) and National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teachers (2006), Karen Boniface has spent a lengthy career teaching students. After 25 years in the classroom, she transitioned into the private sector in 2006 as director of Inkwell English Education, specializing in teaching students to write. Read more: Boniface Bio. Course Description: The best form of flattery is imitation. It’s also one of the best ways to learn to write. By imitating the animal fables of Aesop, students in this class learn to paraphrase, improve their writing style with stronger word choices and sentence variety, and edit their work for grammatical and mechanical correctness. They practice the same techniques with each fable to master the skills taught–important skills that they will use in school to take notes for research projects and to prepare written presentations. After polishing their fables, they publish them in a book of their own design, which they share on the final day of class. Parents are encouraged to attend the final celebratory reading.

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