I wrote a post a short time back about publishing my student’s writing in my classroom (you can find that post here). I have always tried to do some sort of publishing in one fashion or another, but I have been working on it really hard this year. It is such a motivator for the kiddos. They are willing to put in the work because it is so cool to “publish” your book, read it in front of the class, and add it to our classroom library! They really get a kick out of watching me bind their books with the binder that I won earlier this year.
So, the way that I do publishing in my classroom has certain steps.
1. The kiddos need to have 3 rough drafts (for some this is easy, others not so much). I tell the kiddos that I want them to be sure about the story that they publish because they will be putting a lot of work into it and I don’t want them to give up.
2. Then, they sign up (using their clothespin) to have a writing conference with me.
3. Then we read through their 3 rough drafts (just parts if they are really long) and we decide what to publish. This is when they get their editing and revising checklist (you can see a preview of all of my Publishing forms here.)
During this process they read their own story out loud and look for mistakes using COPS (Capitalization, Out Loud or does it sound right, Punctuation and Spelling). I have them use a set of editing pens (green for Capitals, blue for Out loud, red for Punctuation and purple for Spelling). Then, they sign up for a peer conference where a friend uses the pens and COPS checklist to look for mistakes. Then, they sign up to conference with me again and we edit and revise together.
4. Then, they get their publishing checklist, and a piece of “Publishing Paper”. I keep all of the publishing forms so I can monitor their progress. Here is how I keep it organized:
Paper for pre-writing and drafting
Checklists for editing and revising and publishing
Two types of publishing paper (bigger and smaller lines)
Dedication page, about the author page, cover and title pages (several styles)
2 sets of Posters for the writing process (can be used with clothespins as status of the class). One bigger and one smaller set.
Editable status of the class checklist. You can find it here on TPT or here on Teacher’s Notebook.