Over the past school year, WHHS Spanish students have written children’s books in Spanish and sent them to Norton’s Children’s Clinic in Louisville for enjoyment by young Hispanic patients.
Students at Western Hills High School used a foreign language to give back to the community.
Rachel Medina, WHHS Spanish teacher, came up with the idea of writing children’s books as a way to implement presentational writing, which is writing designated for a certain purpose and audience.
Prior to the children’s book project, Medina had trouble coming up with presentational writing ideas that could be used by a real-life audience. Most presentational writing ideas are either too hard for beginner learners or are already being used. She gave the example of a restaurant menu, which is a good way to utilize students’ skills, but most restaurants already have menus.
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