Making Books and Charts
Collaborative books and charts record students' ideas, stories and reports about characters, events and experiences. Their ideas may come from stories read in class, life experiences or topics of study. The language in the printed text and any illustrations are contributed by the students. The sizes and formats of charts and books may include big books, wall charts, scrapbooks and individual booklets.
- to introduce students to composing and authorship in a group setting
- to increase students' understanding of the process approach to writing
- to develop awareness of the conventions of written language
- to create reading resources that are interesting and relevant to students
- to demonstrate to students that their language and ideas are worthy of preservation and sharing in print form
- Choose a topic and title that reflect a shared class interest or experience.
- Have students brainstorm ideas or the storyline to be included.
- Model the composing process by organizing ideas using a simple outline or a story map.
- Compose the sentences, lines or verses of the printed text collaboratively.
- Record students' ideas with minimal editing as they observe the recording process.
- Read the completed text and make any necessary revisions collaboratively.
- Separate pages or sections of the text could be illustrated by pairs or individuals.
- Share completed works with other classes, display and then add them to the classroom library collection.
- Note students' enthusiasm and participation in the collaborative writing activity.
- Note students' willingness and ability to "read" class-composed resources.
- The class can make books and charts on various topics, using different formats.
- Initially, it will be necessary for teachers to record students' ideas. As writing abilities develop, students may record the ideas contributed by peers and make individual books.
- Completed works may be shared with other classes, displayed, and then added to the classroom library collection.