High School Students in Texas Publish Powerful Children’s Books

Over 40 high school students in Texas were able to transform their writing into published children’s books! Read on to learn more.

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Writing is an incredible way to express yourself. The possibilities are endless. From personal experiences to what the imagination can create, stories can take flight as the writer crafts a journey with their words. Forty-three students at San Marcos High School in Texas were given this exact opportunity to write and publish children’s books through their ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) — a great way to foster writing skills and reflect the phrase, “For students, by students.”

Learning About the Writing Process

It’s very hard at first going through the process of writing because in the beginning of writing, they think, ‘Oh no, I can’t write a book. I can’t do that.’ And then, they see the whole process with the writing project. It’s really cool to see them struggle as writers but then find their identity in writing, and let them choose what they want to write about.

Via San Marcos Consolidated ISD

Writing can seem like a daunting feat, but with the encouragement, knowledge, and drive to keep learning, this skill was something that students at San Marcos High School took on to create their books. There was a wide variety of what students chose to write about, from mental health to being the new kid at school after moving. According to one of the teachers, Mrs. Alethea Cavin, students were given the freedom to choose the topic they wanted to talk about, which also helped shape their confidence in their writing.

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The Joy of Seeing Your Work

Writing a complete story is a huge accomplishment, and it’s even more special to see your work transformed into a hardbound book. Through a grant, these students got a feel for the full book publishing experience with the opportunity to have their books turned into hardbacks — a way to hold on to their accomplishments in an amazing, tangible way. Another ESOL teacher involved in the project, Mrs. Norma Ybarra explained that this was more than just a way to learn to be better writers and put in the hard work, but also to understand the value of learning English.

Whether students write for a school project or just for fun, it can make an impact on them personally and academically. Much like these high school students wrote children’s books, there is so much potential in who they may reach and inspire, from those in the next generation and the educators that work alongside them.


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