At Trinity Lutheran School learning doesn’t just come from our teachers but also from our students. Students from all classes interact with one another, teaching others about what they have learned, whether through Book Buddies or helping with Wednesday Chapel. This time students from 6th through 8th grade had a chance to share with the 4th and 5th graders what they learned after speaking with author Ben Mikaelson.
The 4th and 5th graders had been reading Countdown by Mikaelsen and were curious about their new favorite author. Since they were not able to attend the Literacy Festival at St. Luke’s with the 6th through 8th graders, this was a great time for the upper grade students to share what they had learned by putting on a “Middle School Literacy Review.”

Each group of students organized and presented interesting facts and pictures about Mr. Mikaelsen’s life on posters and then gave a presentation for their fellow schoolmates. Some facts that the 4th and 5th graders found interesting included that Mikealsen lived with a 750 pound black bear for over 27 years and that he had won many awards for his 10 other novels.

Thanks to the 6th through 8th graders’ presentations, many of our TLS students are now even more eager to jump into their next Mikaelsen novel. Fourth grader, Anne, especially loved Countdown saying it was, “really exciting and made her want to keep reading more.” This is always a great thing to hear from our young readers at Trinity. The presentation posters are currently on display in the middle school hallway for everyone to see (second story of the K-8 education building).  Please stop by when you’re on campus next to learn more about Ben Mikaelsen and see what great teachers our Trinity students are becoming.