Each time we do a writing project, we follow the five steps taught in BJU Press curriculum. The students plan, draft, revise, proofread, and finally publish.
I really like these steps. Using them helps the students break the project down into bite-sized chunks that are much easier to swallow. The tasks seem more doable, and the students stay organized.
The final step (publishing) usually involves copying the writing neatly onto the page provided in the English book. But when we reach the chapter on story reports, I add some different publishing methods. The students still make a final written copy for me to grade, but they also have a chance to publish their work in two other ways.
Making a Mobile
Two-liter clear plastic bottles (sent in by parents) are cut in half. I punch four holes, one per side, around the bottom edge of the top half. (A paper hole punch works well.) Then each student gets five pieces of construction paper. One is a white rectangular piece about 4″ x 10″. The other four are colored squares about 4″ x 4″.
The student draws a picture to illustrate the story on the long white paper. On the four square pieces, each student records his own name, the title of the story, the name of the author, and his opinion about the story. I insert the white paper up into the bottle and secure it with tape. The children then hang the square papers from the bottles using varying lengths of ribbon or yarn. They decorate our hallway for a few weeks for others to enjoy.
Giving Oral Reports
Oral reports are worth five points. Two points are given for naming the title and author. Students receive one point for giving a short summary and one for giving their opinion about the story. The final point is given for either bringing a prop that goes with the story or wearing a costume that describes the main character. The students really seem to enjoy listening to the others share their stories. It makes a great end to the writing project.
Do you ever publish in a different way? I’m always looking for new ideas!