What Do Authors Do?
by Eileen Christelow
In my third grade class, we made a lot of little books. My students knew they were the author and illustrator of their creative endeavors. This little book shows the writing process using pictures to make it very clear. I like to read this book aloud to them before we start our writing. It gives a good overview.
I think it’s a “must-have” book when you are teaching writing and the process of making a book, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction.
There’s another favorite writing book I use in conjunction with What Do Authors Do? It’s called, Look at My Book: How Kids Can Write and Illustrate Terrific Books by Loreen Leedy. It teaches students how to brainstorm ideas, do research, and write their own book. The artwork is well done and illustrates the steps.
Another way to teach writing, is by starting with short comments about a topic. In my Kid’s Writing Journal, there are 365 sayings or quotations by famous people, and short journal-writing ideas. In my classroom, we started the day with one of these prompts.
Dr. Seuss wrote “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.”
When you grow up, what kind of person would you like to be and where would you like to go? If you don’t know, make up something!
This easy-to-use writing journal not only gives children a writing experience, but teaches the powerful principles of honesty, trust, generosity, love and other values. When kids write and express their thoughts, they discover their own uniqueness.
Get ideas flowing and writing going! Who knew that writing could be so cool?