The Ireland Times is a new student paper published by students at Ireland Elementary School.
Featuring teacher and administrative staff interviews (we really like the interview with the lunch lady) as well as book and movie reviews and even an advice column, it’s a fun and quick read totally put together by third, fourth and fifth graders.
Led by librarian Susan Gossett, this is the first edition of the quarterly publication and the students involved have already begun preparations for the next issue.
Gossett said the idea came about as a way to challenge the high ability students she was working with at Ireland Elementary School. “We decided something fun and creative that would challenge them would be a newspaper,” she explained.
The students decided on the subjects and then conducted the interviews. After writing their first drafts using Google Drive, Gossett reviewed and edited their work. For the second edition, Gossett said she will likely turn the editing over to the fifth graders involved in the publication to give them more experience and refine their writing skills.
Using a template, the newspaper was laid out and then printed at the school. “When I handed them their papers in actual paper form, they were like, ‘Oh my gosh, my name’s in the paper,'” she said. “They thought that was the best thing ever.”
Gossett is hoping for a smoother publication process with the upcoming edition as much of the first quarter was spent brainstorming and planning story ideas. With the first paper published, the students now a have a clearer image of how to proceed.
Enough papers were published for each student to have a copy and extra copies are available in the school office.