This spring, Mead’s fourth and fifth graders read Seedfolks, a novel by Paul Fleischman about community and what it means to see other people fully. Arranged in 13 chapters – each in a different first-person voice – Seedfolks is populated by characters who come from distinct places and perspectives and often bring language and cultural barriers that, at first blush, prevent them from being in community. The culminating writing assignment for this novel was for each student to write an original chapter. They were given the option to create a new character, write themselves into the story, or give voice to a character we learned about in Seedfolks but did not hear from directly. Inspired by their work and that of their peers, this group of students created a compilation of their original chapters entitled "Meadfolks: Generation Z". It is with tremendous pride that we share their efforts and creativity with our greater community.
All decisions were student-driven. The full group determined small committees that steered publication (although we decided on the work’s title together). Students shaped the story by choosing the order of the chapters, created the cover art, wrote the copy for the back cover, and chose the font. They worked seamlessly and collaboratively as a team.
Click HERE to read Meadfolks: Generation Z.