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Choose Your Own Adventure Writing Project

May 26, 2020 | Chloe Ko

For the last writing project of the year, the 4/5 teachers wanted to give the students a chance to choose their own adventure in writing: to choose a topic and a style of writing. As students choose to write about what they are interested in, the main goal is this: to write a beautiful, organized and well-edited writing.

Today, we had our first check-ins about the project, and here is a list of what our students decided to write about:

  • A newspaper article about the Baltimore Orioles
  • Newspaper articles about how COVID-19 has affected Americans’ lives and healthcare workers
  • Poems about fear, music, quarantine life
  • Descriptive essays describing their quarantine lives
  • An encyclopedia on Pokemon
  • Historical fiction story
  • Sci-Fi alien/zombie fiction story
  • A chapter of a fiction book

Just by looking at the list above, we can celebrate our cohort’s creativity and passions. They have been brainstorming and researching to get accurate information for their writing. They are using graphic organizers to organize their ideas and thoughts and complete their first drafts. They are listening to the given feedback to improve. And this is only the beginning.

We can also celebrate their teamwork, as they encourage and collaborate with peers.

We have students sharing their researched information and interview notes to help their peers write accurate news articles.


We have students helping friends create graphic organizers to help brainstorm and focus on a theme for the descriptive essay.



We have students encouraging each other on their creativity and unique ideas.



Like I mentioned, this is just the beginning. We will continue to draft, peer edit, and revise to produce organized writing pieces. And as they continue to invest in each step of the process, I’m really excited to see their processes and growths as thoughtful writers as well as their final pieces!

Chloe Ko

Teacher, Grade 5

Chloe Jang first developed a passion for children in high school when volunteering at her church’s children’s ministry. She learned how teaching with love and patience can have an impact on both student and teacher. Since then, Ms. Jang has received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and English Language Arts from Hunter College. In New York City, Ms. Jang experienced diverse classroom environments, especially teaching fourth grade in West Harlem. She’s very excited to be a part of the Mustard Seed team and serve the community!

In her free time, Ms. Jang loves to travel and learn about different cultures. She even lived in Japan for one year, serving students in a college ministry. She also loves to read fiction books, workout, and explore new restaurants.

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