Franklin Elementary School Launches Red Pencil Student Produced Newspaper

Franklin Elementary School Launches Red Pencil Student Produced Newspaper
Posted on 01/08/2020
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This year students at Franklin Elementary School have launched The Franklin Red Pencil, a newspaper for staff and students.

According to advisor, Sarah Gutzwiller, third, fourth, and fifth graders meet Mondays and Wednesdays during their recess to write and produce the newsletter.

“A newspaper is real-life. Students must collaborate and use literacy skills to write the articles. There is layout and design involved. Students learn about editing too,” says Gutzwiller. “This activity has been really successful -- students are very enthusiastic about participating.”

According to Melanie, she joined Red Pencil, “Because I read the articles and I thought it would be really fun to write my own!” Jordan adds, “I want to spend more time with my teacher and my mom said I should be in the newspaper.” Carter thinks it is cool to have our own school newspaper and be a part of it! Brielle joined it because he likes writing and interviewing. Shantiona said, “Since I love writing a lot, I thought a newspaper would be fun. I love to talk to people.” 

“So far, students are proud of what they are doing together,” says Gutzwiller. 

Heidi states, “Last session, my newspapers took a long time to get done, but Mrs. Gz helped get them all done before the due date!” Jordan adds, “I’m most proud of my article about lunch changes because I was the first  to write about similarities and differences. I used a Venn Diagram based off of feedback Mrs. Gz gave me to organize my thoughts.” 

The Red Pencil Issue #4 will be released at the end of January. 
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