This week, we finally got back in the grove. I was really excited to make books with my students and to see how creative their little minds would be. On Monday, I let my students know that they would be making books this week and that they would get to be the author AND the illustrator! They were a little unsure as to whether or not they could write an entire book.
We talked about how to brainstorm, I gave examples on the board, and students went back to their seats and started writing away. They had so many ideas that it was hard for them to choose what they wanted to make a book about. Students first wrote in their writing notebook, and then my assistant and I helped them edit what they had written until they felt like they had a good story.
After editing, they were able to transfer their story into a book.
I don’t think I had ever seen my students work so hard. Some had their books finished pretty quick and for some it took the whole week. Many of my students made several books throughout the week.
They were now proud authors!
I had several students asked me if I can add books to The Writing Center, which was my plan all along so I happily said “Of course I will.” I also made sure this week that everyone got to share their book. Each child had a chance to get up in front of the class and read their book and show their illustrations. I had planned on letting a just few students share, but every one of them wanted to share. Even the quietest student in the class was proud to get up and share his book!
Now for a few videos!
Overall, I think that writing this week went great! My students learned a lot, they felt like proud writers, and I could not get them to stop making books!