Book Creator, the simple ebook authoring program, encourages writing and creativity in kids. They have some new templates as well. Soon, my middle schoolers will start writing books again but in the fall, we had a great experience. In this post, I'll share a little bit about the process.
Step 1: Pitch the Idea
Students pitch their ideas to me verbally and then write up their idea in a Google Doc. After approval of their idea, they can move to drafting.
Step 2: Draft in Google Docs
Then, students draft in Google Docs. Before moving into the book creation, they have to draft, add transitions, receive peer feedback and check their work. In my opinion, if students have a solid story of 200-500 words in Google Docs, they'll be ready for moving into Book Creator.
Step 3: Move to Book Creator with a Draft Cover and sample pages
Then, I have students create their book in Book Creator and edit their book cover and first several pages. At this point, we have a design review. I just have students turn in the link to their books and typically provide feedback on the assignment in Google Docs for each step of the project.
After approval, they are ready to move forward.
Step 4: Drafting of the Books
Then, the students draft their book and prepare to share!
Step 5: “Galley Proofs” and Peer Feedback
At this stage, I share a feedback rubric and students read each other's books and provide feedback. Additionally, we work to improve any final issues with the book.
Step 6: Publication
Then, students “publish” their book and can share with parents and others.
What a fun project!
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