Young authors book a trip around the world

In an assignment aimed at sparking curiosity and excitement about the world, Grade 7 world geography students took on the unique challenge of writing children's books, collaborating with Lower School Bears along the way.  

The project began with the middle schoolers researching a country of their choice from one of the regions they studied this year, which included Central America and the Caribbean, South America, South/Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and East Asia. 

“Writing a book is a big deal. It can help with remembering because it’s something you made,” said Tyler ’29, who wrote and illustrated a book on Qatar.  

They explored the culture, notable landmarks, and history as they created characters, illustrations, and an engaging story tailored to Lower School Bears. Part of the editing process included a book reading session with Grade 3 boys where the older students got feedback from their target audience.  

“Beyond the project, it offered a great opportunity for Grade 7 students to develop relationships with the third graders,” said Middle School History Teacher Isaac Mensah-Yeboah. “Adding different divisions enriches the learning experience for everyone involved.” 

Students also appreciated the cross divisional element of the project. 

“I made a story about an alien exploring the Maldives,” said Gordon ’29. “I really enjoyed this project. It helped us connect with the Lower School, specifically the third graders, because it was supposed to be a kid's book, and we were supposed to help them understand geography and what it will be like [to study it] in the Middle School.” 

Mensah-Yeboah collaborated with Sean Nolan and Nicole Maggio from the Applied Technology and Innovation Department to help the boys bring their books to life. Maggio demonstrated the fundamentals and features of Canva as students entered the design phase, while Nolan brought his artistic eye and technology skills to help with illustrations and book assembly. 

After a few rounds of edits, the books were printed, and students competed for 3D printed trophies in categories including Best Book, Best Story, Best Illustrations, Best Main Character, and Best Cover Art. 

“I won a medal for the best cover art,” Van ’29 said. “My book was about Dominica. Don’t get it confused with the Dominican Republic, trust me! I did it because my dad is from there. I wanted to learn more about my dad’s country.” 

Mensah-Yeboah said the project provided a transformative experience for his students. He wants them to become globally informed citizens and to gain an appreciation for cultures and countries different from their own.  

“Geography is an important class and subject, and we are fortunate that Landon provides this opportunity for Middle School students.” added Mensah-Yeboah. “It was a rewarding experience for everyone involved, and I hope this tradition continues for my Grade 7 geography students in the future.” 




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