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Celebrating Our Writing

November 2, 2022 | Becca Brasser

Throughout the fall term, first grade students have opportunities to put into practice their developing literacy skills as they grow into confident writers. Students review letter formation and are introduced to literacy concepts such as basic sentence structure, use of lowercase and capital letters, and ending punctuation.  They practice writing main idea sentences and detail sentences as they complete homework journal entries, create labels for art projects, and participate in writing workshop. 

The main writing focus of the fall term is setting up the writer’s workshop through a personal narrative project. Most students, during the course of their daily writer’s workshop sessions, have completed at least two personal narrative stories describing important events or moments in their lives, such as vacations, birthdays, carnival visits, swimming outings, and more!  Through these projects, students practice composition skills including choosing a topic, creating  main idea and detail sentences, considering the beginning, middle, and ending of a story, creating covers (with a title, border, and author’s name), and using proofreading marks. During conferencing sessions with a teacher, students proofread their work, making revisions and fixing mistakes. 

Today, the students read their stories to each other! They were so proud to share them with friends. We hope to share them with our parent community soon!



Becca Brasser

Teacher, Grade 1

Becca Brasser has been teaching first grade at Mustard Seed School since 2002. She’s passionate about teaching children to read, write, experiment, and take risks as they explore the world around them. Her own studies (including a Master of Arts degree from New Jersey City University) have given her expertise and experience in the area of literacy education.

Ms. Brasser especially enjoys taking her students on field trips all over the New York Metropolitan area, traveling on foot, subway, bus, commuter train, and ferry. Some favorite trips: the Hudson Hike, the New York Transit Museum, and the Central Park Zoo to study penguins.

Although she lives in the city, Ms. Brasser loves escaping to nature and finding it in her everyday life as well. She loves to explore rivers and lakes, woods and mountains with her husband Matt, their daughter, Annika, and son, Theo.

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