Babylon Memorial Grade School students host virtual interview with inspirational speaker

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On Jan. 22, fifth graders in Amy Malone, Debbie Gandiello, and Nicole Cupo’s ELA class at Babylon Memorial Grade School honed their journalistic skills through a unique interactive activity. As part of their unit on feature writing, the students conducted a Skype interview of Nicole Ficarra, who became a quadriplegic at 4 years old as a result of a bad car accident.

Prior to the interview, the fifth graders conducted internet research on spinal cord injuries to gain background knowledge. They then prepared questions on a variety of topics related to Ficarra’s experiences and adapted lifestyle. During the interview, students took turns asking their questions and diligently recorded Ficarra’s responses so they could later incorporate them into two collaborative feature articles.

This lesson not only taught the students how to conduct and synthesize research like true journalists, but also to have empathy for those who are differently abled and to maintain a positive attitude like Ficarra.