The Nottingham Exemplary Writing Project was carefully designed to develop the writing skills of young authors through the power of publication. When young writers know their words will be shared by an audience, they are motivated to do their best work.
During the year, students explore many literary genres including pattern books, poetry, personal narrative, fiction, and nonfiction. They are encouraged to use sensory details and strong vocabulary in their writing. Writing models are provided through classroom read-alouds and mini-lessons. With the help of classroom teachers and the Exemplary Project Coordinator, Jacqueline Jules, each student edits and designs at least one favorite piece to post on the Nottingham website.
By the end of the year, each student will choose one piece to be included in a grade level anthology. These magazines will be printed and posted online as the Nottingham Knight Writer. For more information about the 2012-13 Nottingham Knight Writer, please visit a detailed description here.
The Nottingham Knight Writer is edited by Jacqueline Jules, Nottingham's Exemplary Project Coordinator. Jacqueline Jules is the award-winning author of 24 children's books, including Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation (Library of Virginia Cardozo Award for Children's Literature), Duck for Turkey Day, Sarah Laughs, No English, and the Zapato Power chapter book series. Her books have been recognized by the Sydney Taylor Awards Committee, The CYBILS, The New York Public Library, the National Council for Social Studies, featured in Book Links Magazine, and named on state and summer reading lists. She has also published poetry and short stories in numerous publications including Highlights for Children, Cricket, Spider, Ladybug, Stories for Children, and Christian Science Monitor.
Ms. Jules works individually and in groups with Nottingham students to revise and polish their writing for publication online and in the Knight Writer magazines.
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