By Jean A. Flanagan
West Virginia’s own storyteller extraordinaire, Adam Booth, visited Moorefield Elementary School last week to tell stories, but also to show students how easy it can be to write stories.
“It is part of a school-wide initiative to develop creative writing skills,” said MES Principal Wade Armentrout.
Booth began by telling stories to the entire MES student body on Wednesday. On Thursday, he spent time with all five 2nd-grade classes.
“This is a story-creating workshop,” Booth said. “We look, pretend, talk, draw. We do these things first, then write.”
[private] Booth said creative writing is not just about putting words on paper.
“Story creation is meant to inspire kids to think visually before they ever put words on paper,” he said.
Second-grade teacher, Dawnell Leininger, said the workshops are part of the school’s goal to help students be prepared to move to third grade. “We’re trying to prepare the second-graders to have more and better writing skills,” she said.
“Storytelling helps students develop their thought processes,” Armentrout said. “Let’s not force kids to be structured with their writing.”
Armentrout said he hopes to have Booth come back next year to work with students in the lower grades.
The workshops were funded by Title II of the federal Individual with Disabilities Education Act, which provides funding for professional development. [/private]