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Grade: 3-5

#552. Write & Illustrate a Classbook

Reading/Writing, level: 3-5
Posted Wed Sep 9 09:00:55 PDT 2009 by Marla Dillon (Marla Dillon).
Free Student Publishing - Studentreasures
Drexel Elementary, Drexel, US
Materials Required: Studentreasures Publishing Kit, Water-based Markers for illustrating, Black Ink for writing
Activity Time: 1-3 months
Concepts Taught: 5 Step Writing Process

Classbook Lesson Plan


• To motivate students to want to write -- building self-esteem and pride
• To integrate the Studentreasures® Classbook Publishing Project with the five step writing process
• To align the publishing process with your curriculum by incorporating your Language Arts Writing Standards, various teaching units, subjects, theme topics and genres

Objective: The students will create a full-color hardbound classbook!


Supplied by Studentreasures® Publishing:

• Sample Book to use as a guide
• Publishing Kit to create a hardbound book
• Project Coordinator Sheet to conduct project
• Teacher's Guides with detailed instructions for all participating teachers

Additional Supplies Needed:

• Black Ink for writing or. . .
• Computer Lab for typing
• Water Based Markers for illustrating

Lesson Procedure:

• Select Topic -- collaborate with the students to select a topic You can also refer to the Teacher's Guide or go to for topic ideas or themes, writing prompts, teacher's tips, and FAQ's
• Prewrite ideas for the stories including setting, plot, characters, and the problem/ solution
• Complete the First Text Draft -- it is best to save manuscript pages for final submission
• Edit and Review the first Text Draft -- check for spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Encourage collaboration - Involve all classmates, parents, volunteers
• Complete First Illustration Draft -- again, it is best to save the manuscript pages for final submission
• Proofread -- Final check of all manuscript pages. All work should now be to the satisfaction of the authors
• Complete Final Text on Kit Paper: Writing ideas into paragraph form and completing illustrations - Important -- for successful tips, please follow the Teacher's Guide
• Complete Final Illustration - the corresponding illustration to a page of text should be drawn on the back of the previous text page
• Publish -- Publish for an audience. Prepare to ship materials to publisher by following the Project Coordinator Sheet


• Highlight student achievement with a Publishing Party - Open House, Author's Tea, Author's Book Signing, or Ice Cream Social
• Each student can proudly read their book page aloud to classmates and family. This can be a powerful inspiration and motivating exercise when teaching literacy.
• Step back, smile! You have just helped create a lifelong memory for your students