Draft Book Publishing

My kids write in their draft books almost every day during our Writer’s Workshop block.  Every Tuesday, I have publishing moms that come in and take the kids one-by-one to help them publish one of their writing pieces into a little book they can keep in their book baskets to read at different times.  Hopefully by the end of the year the kids will have  quite a collection of published books to take home and read to their families.  The kids look forward to Tuesday because they absolutely LOVE having their hard work published! 

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The publishing basket contains pencils, markers, a stapler, plain white paper {cut}, construction paper {prefolded}, and a class list. My publishing moms are responsible for keeping the publishing basket stocked full of materials.  After publishing a kiddo’s writing, the publishing moms write the date of publication next to the kiddos name on the class list so that everyone has a turn to publish before starting over.  This really encourages the kids to write great stories…and they do!! Click on the link to download my publishing instruction letter for my volunteers!!

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  1. I love this idea! I am always looking for ways parents can help. After reading your publishing letter, I am a little confused about one thing though... who does the writing in the published book, parents or students? TIA! Loooove your website! I wish I could be in your room.

  2. I too would like to know, does the child or the parent do the writing in the published book? :) Thanks!