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Writing Class Engages Kids
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Young writers are getting some top notch personalized instruction this summer at the Writing Camp being hosted at Dent Elementary School. Here, fourth through sixth graders work on some projects. Photo Courtesy Of Sally Hale

A summer Writing Camp is in full swing at Dent Elementary School, with teachers and students working together to foster a love of the craft of creative writing.

For teachers, this is a for-credit class through CSU Stanislaus. During the school year, the teachers met and completed a book study on Craft Moves: Lesson Set for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts by Stacey Shubbitz. The camp was then planned based on what was learned from that book, said coordinator Sally Hale.

“For the two week camp, we have 16 classroom teachers and 42 students,” Hale added.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grades are enrolled and there are classes within those grades, K-2, third grade, and 4-6.

While students are working and writing, a high school graphic arts teacher is also doing a class with a team of four middle and high school students on photography, publishing, and web design and together they are producing an online anthology.

The anthology is at They also have a Facebook page at

The class will wrap up this week with a Writing Camp Open House, scheduled at Dent on Friday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for all in the community to come and see samples of the writing the students have done and the work they have accomplished.