Emely Sanders

Pike County

Emely Sanders

Pike County
emelysanderstst@gmail.com

Biography

Appalachia Treasures

I’ve heard it said, “Teach a child how to read, and you’ve given them the world.” believe this to be so true, but often children underestimate just how much they have inside of them to offer the world! As a 3rd-grade writing teacher, I have found many children lack confidence or are unmotivated to share their own ideas and stories. For my innovation grant, I would like to partner with “Student Treasures Publishing”. This company makes it possible for children in schools across the country to PUBLISH their own books (hardback cover). They provide a free kit for the teacher and students and one published book for the class. I teach 70 3rd graders each day. I would like to present their Personal Narrative Unit of study to each of them with the possibility of creating our own class book of published narratives. Over a 30 day unit of study, students will work towards the goal of AN authentic published book that they can take home and keep. What a treasure it would be for students to not only publish their stories but also share them at an “Author’s Celebration”. I plan to invite school staff, parents and the community for a presentation of students PUBLISHED BOOKS! Outcomes of this project will be measured not only by completion of each individual child’s narrative but also by the engagement level of the students, school, and community via surveys conducted before and after the project.