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B'ville: Fourth-graders publish book

Students in teacher Jessica Ancona's fourth-grade class at McNamara Elementary School are now published authors with a book of their personal narratives in print.

The book is the result of a writing unit in which the students were studying how to write a personal narrative.

According to Ancona, her students wrote several pieces as they were learning the genre and its different elements such as dialogue, descriptive detail, and the editing and revision process. She had each child pick his or her favorite narrative and draw an illustration for it. Ancona then compiled the narratives into one classroom book, which she had printed as hardbound books for each child through the company Student Treasures.

Ancona said when the books were delivered to McNamara her students couldn't wait to take them home to show their families. She said the book publishing was a celebration of her students' hard work and writing talents.

Students in teacher Jessica Ancona's fourth-grade class at McNamara Elementary School proudly display their copies of the class book they created, which contains a personal narrative from each child.

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