With the red carpet rolled out, glimmering gold statues waiting, and podium at the ready for the lucky winners, the Academy Awards for Books recently brought the bright lights and the magic that is the real deal into the regular school day of Canfield Village Middle School eighth-grade students.
Holding all the allure of a night at the Oscars, under the direction of eighth-grade language arts teachers Sabrina Eaton, Melissa Meese, Melissa Nagy, and Renee Nagy, "The big premise was to mimic the Academy Awards" said Eaton. The Academy Awards for Books had students using the writing process to nominate books they read during the second nine weeks.
Sharing that the new Common Core State Standards are replacing persuasive writing with argumentative writing with the focus on logic, facts, and textual support rather than emotion, Eaton said the students competed in the categories of Protagonist, Antagonist, Best Setting, and Best Well-Crafted Writing. She added that they spent a few weeks writing and drafting arguments to build their claim for a character or setting, followed by nominations, and then the writing process itself. The students had a gallery walk first, and went on to choose the recipients of this first year's Academy Awards of Books honors.
Photos by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
Canfield Village Middle School eighth-grade student and Academy Award winner, Richie Chahine is presented his award by CVMS eighth-grade language arts teacher, Sabrina Eaton.
Additionally, students were required to book-talk with others, documenting their interactions before, during, and after the event.
Students feedback, said Eaton, mentioned how they enjoyed the teachers, who acted as presenters of the awards, going to the extent of dressing their parts. In addition to the winners though, they said they would have liked to have runners up.
Eaton offered her thanks to those acting in supporting roles, including CVMS drama teacher Kandace Cleland, who provided gowns for the teachers leaving them fitting of any awards ceremony best dressed list, and the students of teacher Jennifer Hartman, who provided popcorn for the event.
With all the excitement of an acceptance speech, when asked if she felt the event would be seen again at CVMS, Eaton said, "Oh absolutelyit was a red carpet event."