...or would you like to do so?
Join this teacher-created blog—with everyone's help, we can compile the best ideas for creating class-authored books and prepare for the 2014 Class Book Bonanza contest!
We'll use this blogspace to share ideas, resources, weblinks and questions about class-book projects. For teachers who have never attempted collaborative writing or book publishing projects, we'd like to provide specific lesson ideas and guidance. For veteran classroom publishers, we'd like to provide fresh inspiration and exciting new tricks.
How To Contribute Ideas:
You may comment at any time, and you may include your own ideas in the comments. If you'd like to become a regular contributor, just contact us (use the contact link in the menu bar above). We'll add you to our authorized list of bloggers, and an invitation to log on and post comments will be sent to the email address you submit. (I'll also send my personal email address, just in case you prefer to send your contributions to me via email.
What kinds of posts do we need?
If it seems interesting and useful to you, it will probably seem interesting and useful to someone else. Some examples:
• start-to-finish lesson guides for writing & publishing projects
• online articles that describe teachers' experiences with class book projects
• lists of published books to use as "mentor texts"
• real-life group activities that inspire kids to think, draw, and write
• lesson ideas to guide kids through the writing process
• simple, easy-to-manage art projects that can be used as book illustrations
• crafty ideas for hand-binding class books
• ideas for producing multiple copies of the same book
• user-friendly internet resources for digital publication and printing
• how class book projects address the new Common Core State Standards
• other tips that might help...
Your post may contain just a brief explanation and/or weblink, or you may copy-and-paste entire lesson plans and images. (If you'd like to submit PDF or Word documents, you may contact us and make arrangements to send them via email.)
Together, we can compile a wide range of resources. Once we get several ideas, our Bookfest volunteers will organize favorite ideas on separate, easy-to-reference pages!