Students tap into creativity at the Think! Write! program

Published 2:56 pm Monday, July 14, 2014


By Christina Myles

Students donned Greek god and goddess masks last week as they learned about Greek mythology in the Think! Write! program.

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The program, sponsored by the Wiregrass Writing Project and Troy University In-service Center, is held every year second through eighth grade students who want to become better thinkers and writers. The workshop took place last week at Troy Elementary School.

“We want to foster enhanced thinking and writing skills in subjects such as math, social studies and literature,” said program instructor, Tamara Herrington.

The Wiregrass Writing Project is was created in 1986 to improve the communication and learning Skills of Southeast Alabama students, and Think! Write! is one way that the program tries to achieve that goal.

This year, 14 students from Troy Elementary, Goshen Elementary, and Charles Henderson Middle Schools for a week filled with learning about the origin, myths, and gods and goddesses of Greek Mythology.

“The students used reading comprehension skills, problem solving skills, written communication skills, and even tapped into their creative side with art activities,” Joni Dykes said, one of the six teachers that assisted Herrington in this year’s program.

The students completed an art project where they created masks of the different Greek gods and goddesses after they learned about them.

“The students made masks of their favorite god and goddess including Poseidon and Zeus,” Sheila Rizzi said, another teacher for the program.

Throughout the week students read different Greek mythology books, completed graphic organizers, and did computer research about the gods and goddesses.

“We all had an excellent time this week learning and researching every fact and detail about Greek Mythology,” Dykes said.