Thursday, July 5, 2012

Publishing Books

I LOVE writer's workshop and my students spend 90 minutes a day in writing class. Many teachers follow the writing process, but get overwhelmed when it comes to having their students publish their original stories. Here is my suggestion to make this process feasible. Early on in the school year, solicit the help of parent volunteers to type your students' stories. After you conference with your students and help them revise and edit their stories, all you have to do is send the stories home to your volunteers to type. Then, they can email them back to you and you can print them on card-stock. Bind the books with inexpensive binding combs (hopefully, your school has a binding machine) or just staple them. Have your students add the title, illustrations, and publishing labels and that is it. Your students will feel like the true authors they are! Just look at these smiles! Trust me, under the yellow smiley, these children are beaming! 

Common Core Standards:
Text Types and Purposes
K.W.3   1.W.3   2.W.3
K.W.5   1.W.5   2.W.5
K.W.6   1.W.6   2.W.6

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  1. Thanks for the compliments items. Much appreciated!

  2. Thanks for the info on how you publish student work. My school has participated in the Student Treasures project for a number of years. It was a ton of work, but worth it in the end. I don't think we're doing it anymore so I'm on the lookout for new publishing ideas!
    Stories by Storie

  3. Anyone have a tutorial on how to work that darn comb binding machine? We have one at work but NO ONE knows how to use it lol! Thanks for sharing your publishing labels!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  4. Great idea about publishing books. My post tomorrow is about the writing process.

  5. Thanks for the labels and the quality comments posters! Both will be a great addition to writer's workshop!
    Primary Pizzazz

  6. The book binder and I have a love/hate relationship!:) Thank you so much for the freebies!

  7. What a great freebie! Thank you for sharing it. Definitely downloaded it and can see all the great ways to use it next year. I also like the advice given about parent volunteers. How do you ask your parents? Do you send home a letter of some sort, or doing something at open house?

    Reaching for the TOP!

  8. are very welcome!

    @Storie...I love Student Treasures, too!

    @Jennifer...The binding machine is really easy once you learn how to use it. Then, if you don't use it often, you will forget how to do it! I've shot some binding combs clear across the room! LOL!

    @Jennifer...Thanks! I look forward to our post!

    @Patti...Thanks so much!

    @Pam...I agree! See above comment to Jennifer K.!

    @Amanda...Thank you so much! I send home a letter to everyone with all the jobs I know I'll need for the school year and they check off the ones they can do for me. (ie, sharpen pencils, type stories, print in color, laminate, cut and assemble books, etc.) Then, I make a checklist and hire the parents to do these jobs for me. I highly recommend doing this. It makes life a lot easier!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  9. Those books looks fabulous! What lucky students to have a teacher like you! :)

    Sugar and Spice

  10. I LOVE these publishing labels! I too and a lover of Writer's Workshop, and that isn't always easy in kindergarten;)I always love your blog:)

    Stop by and visit/ follow my new blog if you have a chance I would LOVE your feedback and support:)


  11. Thank you so much for the freebie! I am your newest follower. Please follow me too!
    Mrs. Janelle


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