Over breakfast this morning, the children and families in Mrs. Holden's second grade joined together to write family stories. Each of the children were first given an outline to use as a way of organizing ideas. Next, the families sat together and drafted their stories, "the messy copy." The children then presented their rough drafts to the group. Later, they will have time to go through the editing process with peers, the classroom teacher, and at home before publishing their stories. Today's special breakfast was a great opportunity for parents, students, and teachers to all take part in the writing process in an engaging, meaningful and personal way.