The “Tree-Views” contest encouraged students to consider the perspective of the historic white oak as it stood through six centuries of local history. What events might the tree have “seen?” What individuals might have passed by its branches? What activities might have taken place near the tree? Writing through the “persona” of the tree, students chose their genre: essay, poem, fictitious news article, or short story. Students in Grades K-1 presented pictorial “stories” of the tree’s observations.
Congratulations to SJS winners Gwynivere Elefante and Emerson Sheehan, who were group winners in their respective categories (see below), and Molly Laska, who received an honorable mention!
The Basking Ridge Historic Oak Tree Project book is available now at THSSH's Brick Academy and online.