Summit teachers, students launch student-written literary magazine

Summit teachers, students launch student-written literary magazine

Middle School language arts teacher Brendan McEachern coordinated with teachers and students to start a literary magazine that showcases the growth of writing skills in students from grades four to six. He is pictured left holding a copy of the magazine, "Wordworks," with his son and Summit seventh grader Owen McEachern.

A literary magazine created to show the growth students made in their writing skills between grades four and six becomes the newest publication at The Summit Country Day School.

Middle School language arts teacher Brendan McEachern proposed the idea last fall of starting a magazine that showcases how much students develop their writing skills from fourth grade through sixth. He aimed to include a sample of each student’s best piece of work, as chosen with their language arts teachers.

Called Wordworks, the magazine includes a diversity of writing styles, themes, prompts and topics, such as poetry, fiction, book reviews and science inquiry responses. Mr. McEachern calls writing “an art form,” and takes the magazine a step further by including student-made art that was exhibited in the annual art show on Campus Day in May – combining two of The Summit’s pillars of academic and artistic into one medium.

“I wanted to show the Summit community that great writing happens every day in the classroom,” he said. “This magazine is just a snippet of the creativity, imagination and research that comes out daily from our students.”