February 14– Fifth graders were inspired to try and craft their own memoirs after RCS hosted New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan on the Upper Campus last fall.
Ms. Corrigan read from one of her books (Glitter and Glue) and spoke to grades five and six and then seven through nine about the craft of writing. She talked about the importance of keeping journals, writing your “highs and lows,” and being an observer. She encouraged students to talk about their ideas first before writing (especially for expository pieces) and she gave them revising tips (always print your work to revise it and change the font).
Several students stayed after Ms. Corrigan’s talk to chat with her about their own writing.
“Since Kelly is an old friend,” fifth grade teacher Christy Smith said, “she has kind of adopted RCS.” In fact, the author even sent a video to encourage some fifth graders to be sure to add details to their memoirs. “Fifth graders proudly turned in their memoirs, and we’re hoping Kelly will be back at RCS sometime this spring,” Ms. Smith said.
Rippowam Cisqua School is a PreK-Grade 9 independent day school in Westchester County, New York. RCS offers challenging academics built on innovation, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, wellness, leadership, service learning, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.