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School: Rocky Point Charter School

City/State: Redding, CA

Grade(s): 2

Format(s): Book

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Visual Arts

Project Overview

Students at Rocky Point Charter School in Redding, California created this book as a result of a learning expedition on heroes. Students first began with a whole class, in-depth study of researching the meaning of a hero. Students discovered that a hero is a person who makes a difference in one’s life. They went out into the community to make connections with some of their community heroes, and also visited residents of the River Oaks Retirement Community to find out who the heroic older generations considered to be their heroes.

The resulting product is a colorful spiral bound book of essays illustrated with both photographs and student drawings. The work in this book has been edited for spelling and grammar, but the content represents the knowledge and understanding of each student.

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Shows an example of a community-based project that connects students with older generations
  • Shows young students that they can have a positive effect on the lives of others
  • Includes a preface from the teacher describing their process
  • Structured to allow for individual accountability within a group product
  • Excellent example of expression using both pictures and words

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can use linking words to connect my opinion and reasons.
  • With support, I can strengthen my writing through editing.
  • I can participate in shared research projects.
  • I can speak using words I hear in books.
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