Howard students publish bookPublished 6:59pm Monday, June 4, 2012
It can take years for most people to finish writing a book.
Sue Bowser’s fourth- and fifth-grade students at Howard Elementary School in Niles took about a month to write theirs.
Their book, “The White House Presidents Are the Best Residents,” features stories and illustrations about 30 former presidents of the United States.
Each of Bowser’s 30 students chose one president on which to draw a picture and write a report.
Fifth-grader Taylor Altergott chose John Quincy Adams because, like herself, he was a swimmer.
“I liked being able to make a book with my class,” Altergott said. “I am proud of how hard we worked and how it turned out.”
Jacob Thacker, a fourth-grader who chose John F. Kennedy, never thought he’d be a published author this young.
“It was awesome,” said Thacker, who is most proud of the writing in the book.
Bowser said she always wanted to help a group of students write a book. She was waiting for the right group of kids.
“They take challenges and do really well with the challenges I give to them,” Bowser said. “Every one of my students completed it and did a very nice job.”
In addition to learning writing and social studies skills, Bowser’s students also learned what it’s like to write and publish a book.
“It’s a lot of work,” Altergott said.
“I think I’d do it again,” Thacker said.
Each student received a copy of the book, which is available through Studenttreasures Publishing.
Bowser, Altergott and Thacker presented the book to the Niles Community Schools Board of Education during Monday’s planning meeting.
“This is what problem-based learning is all about,” Supt. Richard Weigel said.