Principal Joyce Akridge started the camp in 2009 and worked closely with Jamey Peavler, who was at that time a Language Arts Instructional Coach for Indianapolis Public Schools, to put together the activities. Principal Akridge said, “Most students at this age are reluctant writers, but when they start to enjoy it and see their pieces come to life, they are so proud of themselves.”
“Research shows that 3rd grade is a pivotal age for attitudes about writing,” Peavler agreed. “Through a camp experience, we can inform their attitudes about writing, make them realize it is not a punishment, that writing can be fun. We can build their confidence.”
- Generating writing ideas
- Planning and organizing
- Writing persuasively and stating your opinion
- Beginnings and endings
- Identifying turning points or big moments
We’re happy that IPS 3rd graders at two schools are having this great chance to grow as writers and look forward to seeing this opportunity spread to other schools in the future!