ALL student writing can proceed through these steps that lead to a published product. This includes the works of students who scribble, use alternative pencils, or dictate their work to a scribe. Here are a few ideas for fun, and to reinforce publishing.
The writing process features a number of steps beginning with pre-writing through publication. It is important to keep in mind that writers do not move neatly through each step of the process in sequence (Trupe, 2001). In fact, teaching your students to use one or two stages of the writing process enhances their writing abilities significantly (Kamehameha Schools, 2007). The final, and arguably most exciting step in the writing process is publishing. Publishing allows students to showcase and celebrate their writing samples, which can lead to increased confidence as writers.
It is important to remember that publishing is not reserved solely for detailed writing products that feature perfect spelling and flawless grammar. ALL student writing can proceed through these steps that lead to a published product. This includes the works of students who scribble, use alternative pencils, or dictate their work to a scribe. Here are a few ideas for fun, and to reinforce publishing.
A) Bulletin Boards – Post your students’ work on a Wall of Fame. Classmates, visitors, and parents will be able to see all of the great work. Initially, students should be reinforced for writing with no emphasis placed on proper spelling and grammar. Resist the urge to draw red x marks on the paper.
B) Online – Create a class website or blog for your students. Their work can be shared with the world. Students might submit drawings, poems, or articles about class events or outings.
C) Class anthology -Get a 3 ring binder and some page protectors to create a class book. Insert samples from all students. Be sure to share the book with class visitors.
D) Author ’s Chair – Many students love to show off their work. They also love to be the center of attention. Author’s Chair, where students read their writing to peers, accomplishes both.
Check out the link below for some more great information on publishing in your classroom.
Using Classroom Publishing to Teach Outside the Box
Kamehameha Schools. (2007). The writing process: An overview of research on teaching writing as a process.
Trupe, A. (2001). The writing process. Retrieved online