Fox Creek first graders are making the world a better place through our learning expedition, Everybody has a story. In this expedition, students develop skills in active listening, narrative writing, and relationship building by pro-actively interacting with senior citizen members of our community. Students are helping to make our world a better place by engaging with their grandfriends by sharing their personal life story, and learning about their grandfriends personal story. This experience is meaningful in the lives of both the elderly grandfriends as well as in our students.
Mastery of Skills
Through this expedition our academic goals are for students to write a personal narrative, go through the revision and editing process, and understand and apply the concept of story elements. All students begin this process through reading and listening to stories. Students then get to apply their understanding of story elements both in reading and writing. Once students have applied their understanding of the story elements in their own personal narrative, they are able to go through the process of revision and editing. From there, students are able to embark on the hard work of recording a grand friend's own personal narrative. Another academic goal for our students is that of high quality work. We believe that the arts are important for students to experience. Through the process of high quality work, students continue to practice the process of revision in order to produce a high quality personal narrative and a high quality portrait.
In this expedition, students develop several Habits of Character, specifically compassion, perseverance, and collaboration. Students learn the importance of showing compassion while learning about others "life journeys" and communicating with people who are different. Students show perseverance as they go through the revision process of their personal narrative stories as well as portraits of themselves and their grandfriend. The revision process includes going through multiple drafts, giving and receiving feedback and revising their work over a 6 week period. Finally, students collaborate with peers in small groups to meet a grandfriend and give kind, specific and helpful feedback to create high quality work.