Carrolltowne 2nd-graders produce their own books


March 14, 2000|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IMAGINE BEING A published author at age 7 or 8.

More than 125 second-graders Carrolltowne Elementary School are now published authors, thanks to Studentreasures, a company that publishes books written and illustrated by children.

Under the guidance of teachers Karen Copley, Paula Ehmann, Cathy Eissele, Judy Griffith and Pamela Parkhill, the Carrolltowne students began preliminary work on their manuscripts in November in conjunction with a science unit on insects.

At that time, the pupils were studying author Eric Carle, whose books often feature insects as the main characters.

The insect study and the students' interest in Carle's books provided the subject matter for most of the children, who wrote stories with insect characters.

Michael Simpson wrote a book he called "The Sharing Bee," which told the story of a bee, a butterfly and a cricket playing a game of tag.

In Chelsey Craig's book, "The Grouchy Ladybug," the main character becomes ill from eating flower leaves, but still spends an enjoyable day with her friend, a grasshopper.

A cat named Patti visits a zoo and ends up eating visitors' leftovers in "The Very Hungry Cat," written by Brittany Volpe. In a story he described as "a bit outrageous," Nicholas Caviglia writes of a walking stick who tries to befriend other wooden objects in "The Very Lonely Walking Stick."

In each class, pupils took turns sitting in an Author's Chair and sharing their books with classmates, teachers and parents.

The students learned about the writing process as they discussed story ideas, wrote rough drafts, edited, rewrote and illustrated their stories.

"It really helps to bring home the reading and writing work to the children," said Parkhill. "This helps to make it more real to the children."

History walk

Area history buffs will want to mark their calendars for Sunday as the Friends of Old Trinity Cemetery and the Sykesville Gate House Museum of History sponsor the fifth annual Spring History Walk.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., volunteers will lead walking tours of areas in and around Sykesville. Participants should be ready to hike.

A walk along the north bank of the Patapsco River will lead one tour to the former site of Warfield College and the Elba Furnace ruins, a pre-Civil War ironworks.

A second tour along the river will visit the site of James Sykes' mill, mansion and office, as well as St. Barnabas Church and churchyard. Those interested in either of these tours should plan to meet guides at the lower end of Main Street at the St. Barnabas Parish House.

The Warfield Complex on the grounds of Springfield Hospital Center has been added as a destination. Those interested in touring this area should meet at the Gate House Museum.

Volunteers leading the tours will include Matthew Candland, Jim Purman, Johnny Johnsson, Linda Greenberg and Barbara Lilly.

The tours are free; an offering benefiting the sponsoring groups will be taken. The Gate House Museum will be closed.

Information: Wiley Purkey, 410-549-6679 or Jim Purman, 410-795-4184.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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