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Nathan Goins, left, and Hank Parlier, first-grade students at Hardin Park Elementary, hold up books they wrote in class. Photos by Kellen Moore | Watauga Democrat

Originally published: 2012-11-23 09:46:56
Last modified: 2012-11-23 09:47:13

Budding authors

A group of Hardin Park first-graders may have caught the writing bug.

Students in Jenny McCourry’s class debuted for their families on Tuesday their version of Tomie dePaola’s “Pancakes for Breakfast” during — you guessed it — a pancake breakfast at the school.

The students learned about the writing process and let their creative juices flow by taking dePaola’s wordless picture book and adding the storyline. In the coming weeks, the students will have their book barcoded and available for checkout at the Watauga County Public Library.

“We went through the writing process, and it took a while,” McCourry said.

After the students came up with a “sloppy copy” of their book, they edited and revised to add in adjectives and dialog.

The children dedicated their work to President Barack Obama, noting in the dedication that “he has a nice wife and his name is fun to say.”

In addition to writing one book as a class, the students broke into groups for more practice on the craft of writing, creating a lineup of laminated and bound books.

Tim Hardin said the project was perfect for his daughter, Kaitlyn, who often sits at home and writes. The book she shared with her father Tuesday morning was about dinosaurs.

So how does a first-grader choose her topic? Easy.

“I was with my group and we just thought the dinosaurs were really cool,” Kaitlyn Hardin said.


The class’s version of “Pancakes for Breakfast” will be available at the Watauga County Public Library, which is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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