Scholar M is a super bright kid with a heart of gold. While he struggled working on a piece of writing for a sustained amount of time at the beginning of 5th grade, over the year he became one of my more dedicated writers who enjoyed the solace of the act of writing. Scholar M is an emotional writer, and greatly craved sharing his innermost thoughts through his writer’s voice. His first substantial piece was his original StoryCorps in which he spoke openly about the death of a loved one. When we began his first HiveTalk he struggled a bit because writing was more of an emotional release than an avenue to learn something new. You can see in his samples that the research was bare and didn’t cover a large span of details for his topic. When it came time to write his transcript he felt a bit trapped because he didn’t have enough information to sustain a long enough presentation. He and I worked together to focus in on a few primary points that he wanted to extend and he understood the importance of the research piece of writing. In his second HiveTalk he did extensive research, and you can even see how he tracked the information he included in his transcript by checking it off as he wrote. Scholar M is a dedicated learner who will continue to use writing as an outlet to share his thoughts and feelings.