Dadeville Elementary School second grader Kahlia Wilson reads her story from the book ‘Taylor’s Tall Tales,’ which combines stories from 20 DES second graders in Amy Taylor’s class. | Robert Hudson
Dadeville Elementary School second grader Kahlia Wilson reads her story from the book ‘Taylor’s Tall Tales,’ which combines stories from 20 DES second graders in Amy Taylor’s class. | Robert Hudson

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Dadeville’s little authors deliver imaginative ‘Tall Tales’

Published 9:35pm Wednesday, April 30, 2014

They may be small in stature, but a group of Dadeville Elementary School students put together a book of imaginative tall tales.
DES teacher Amy Taylor and her group of second grade Shining Star Authors recently celebrated their book ‘Taylor’s Tall Tales.’

Taylor said the process started when students came up with ideas of what to write about in what would become a hardback bound book.

“We started off the process of asking the students what they want to write about, and they kind of all had different ideas, so we decided to do ‘Taylor’s Tall Tales,’” Taylor said. “They started off with something simple and then elaborated on it, so that way everybody had a chance to use their own imagination and write their own story.”

From heroes saving the day to trips with family and friends, each student came up with their own story that was ultimately submitted to Nationwide Learning.

“The first wrote a rough draft, and some changed their mind after the rough draft so they rewrote it. After they finally got everything to where they were happy with it, we started typing it and writing it online,” Taylor said. “We submitted it online to Nationwide Learning, and they bound it for us.”

Taylor said seeing the finished product has filled the students and herself with a great sense of accomplishment.

“We will donate one to the library, the students will go to the (Tallapoosa County) board of education May 12 to be recognized and the students will bring them back to get autographed before the end of the year,” Taylor said. “One good thing about the book is that everyone feels special and feels like they’ve done a great job and they’ve accomplished something. For me, it makes me proud to be able to show them their worth.”

The students who wrote stories for the book were Kirklyn Dark, Shere Goggans, Javan Heard, Ezekiel Hicks, Owen Higgs, Ramiyah Hill, Tommie Johnson, Maya Lashley, Matt Martin, Grace McCary, Adrian McCoy, Ireland MacKelvey, Gabby Lamb, Tory Rimstad, Connor Sanders, Alana Tolbert, John Torry, Cameron Webb, Liza White and Kahlia Wilson.

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