Stonewall Flanders ES promotes literacy with school-wide novel

Stonewall Flanders ES promotes literacy with school-wide novel
Posted on 01/26/2018

In an effort to promote literacy among students, Stonewall Flanders Elementary School read its first-ever school-wide novel, “All About Sam.”

Every teacher read the same book to their classes for the past three weeks, the same chapter each day, while students participated in different interactive activities.

Stonewall Flanders ES Reading Teacher Jenny Rodriguez said having a school-wide novel study is not only entertaining for the kids, but it also helps promote reading in the classroom.

“I love that every teacher is reading to their class, it definitely helps to get the kids immersed into literature,” she said. “The whole school reading together allows every grade level to see the story from a different perspective and form different connections, which definitely motivates the students to read more.”

To celebrate the last week of reading the book, the school hosted an “All About Sam Day” on Jan. 25, where students had the opportunity to wear punk hair-do’s inspired by the book’s main character Sam.

Third grade student Antia Herrera said she loved the book and surprised her teachers with a fun punk hairstyle.

“I like Sam, I think he’s funny,” she said. “We are almost at the end, so I wanted to do my hair like him.”

Overall, Rodriguez said the book has resonated with her students and hopes the school continues to do more school-wide novels in the future.

“The kids really enjoyed it, they showed up wanting to read more about Sam every day,” she said. “I hope we can continue to do more and bring in more literature and stories for the students to learn.”


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