The students, faculty and staff at Stevens Cooperative School recently celebrated Literacy Week, an annual five day celebration of reading, writing and verbal expression. Activities included a school-wide literacy parade, “Literacy Across Languages,” Writers’ Theater, and the “Celebration of Pictures and Words.”
“Illustrations are a significant component of literacy learning,” says Blair Welsh, second grade teacher and Literacy Week committee chair. “In an effort to recognize their importance, students engaged in projects like designing text for wordless picture books, visually interpreting a passage with collage, and researching the illustrator’s process.”
Families had a chance to be involved in “Literacy Across Languages” that celebrated Stevens’ community of multiple literacies. Parents were invited to share a book in their second language or a story with origins in from a variety of cultures. Later in the week faculty helped students realize their narrative voice by acting out student pieces in Writers’ Theater.
“Giving students an opportunity to explore a multitude of literacy skills through an integrated approach was incredibly meaningful for our community,” said Newport Campus Assistant Principal Shane Malmquist. Hoboken Principal Josh Marks added, “It was remarkable to observe students bringing their stories to life, publishing original works, recreating memorable scenes and loving the art of the story.”
The community was also joined by visiting authors Kristen Balouch.