10 Ideas for Student-Created Books You Can Publish Before the End of the Year

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One of the best parts of teaching is seeing student writing develop over the course of the year, whether you’re teaching kindergarten phonetic-spellers or essay-writing seniors. That’s why creating a class book of writing is one of our favorite end-of-year activities. Not only does it celebrate how far students have come, it gives your students the chance to publish their work in a real, published hardbound book, just like in the library.

Here are 10 of our favorite ideas and themes for creating a class book to capture this moment in time.

1. Study Famous Women in History
Write About Women in History - 10 Ideas for Class-Made Books

In honor of Women’s History Month in March, invite each student to research a famous woman in history and write a profile about her, then compile the profiles into a class book, similar to this “People of the Past” book.

2. Create a Poetry Anthology
Create a Poetry Anthology - 10 Ideas for Class Made Books

Students at PS 161 in New York City each contributed a cinquain poem to this beautiful book—a wonderful activity for Poetry Month in April.

3. Write About Endangered Animals for Earth MonthWrite About Endangered Animals - 10 Ideas for Class-Made Books

Every student in Ms. Wright’s class chose an endangered animal to profile in a talk-show-style format for their class book. Each student included key facts about their animal as well as ways that humans can help preserve the species.

4. Have Students Show Off Their Knowledge
Have Students Show Off Their Knowledge - 10 Ideas for Class-Made Books

Students in Ms. Correa’s third-grade class each chose a math topic from the year and wrote a page describing the concept and what they had learned. The result? A powerful review for the kids and great proof that they can be the teachers!

You can use this approach in any subject—Ms. Correa’s class also published a book on their science learning.

Write About What You Learned in Science - 10 Ideas for Class-Made Books

5. Commemorate a Special Field Trip
Commemorate a Special Field Trip - 10 Ideas for Class-Made Books

After their trip to nearby Abalone Cove, students in Ms. Vivo’s class wrote personal essays about their experiences visiting the cove and what they observed.

6. Share Recommended Reading
Share Recommended Reading - 10 Ideas for Class-Made Books

Students in Ms. Rauseo’s second-grade class each chose one of their favorite classroom books to profile in their book of recommended reading.

7. Celebrate Safety Month
Celebrate Safety Month - 10 Ideas for Student-Made Books

In honor of National Safety Month (June), invite students to contribute to a book about smart safety rules or precautions. This one is from a first-grade book about signs.

8. Publish Polished Stories
Publish Polished Stories - 10 Ideas for Class-Made Books

Students in Mrs. VanDrusen’s class drafted, edited and revised their realistic fiction stories before publishing them in a class book.

9. Celebrate a Year of Learning
Celebrate a Year of Learning - 10 Ideas for Class-Made Books

Members of MPB’s Rockin’ Kindergarten Class each wrote about their favorite memory from the year. One advantage of this idea? Next year, you can share the book with your new students to give them a preview of all the exciting things to come in your class!

10. Write About Students’ Hopes for the Future
Write About Students' Hopes for the Future - 10 Ideas for Class-Made Books

Invite kids to write about what they want for the future, like the students in Miss Kaminski’s class did.


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Posted by Hannah Hudson

Hannah Hudson is the editorial director of WeAreTeachers. You can follow her on Twitter at @hannahthudson or on Facebook here. Email her at hannah@weareteachers.com.

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