Laura Shovan at Hyattsville Elementary School

With their own massive school renovation on the horizon, the fifth graders at Hyattsville Elementary empathized with the characters in Laura Shovan’s poetic novel The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary.  After introducing various poetic forms and talking through the emotional impact of the characters’ problems, Laura shared her massive notebook full of revisions and discussed her long writing process.  Laura led each of the three groups in creating “T-charts” for structuring their writing and brainstormed facts versus imagined details about a character.  Laura autographed copies of her book for each student.