This project was inspired by several folktale reading and writing units to assess what my students had learned about different structural elements of folktales. After spending about week reading various folktales, learning about the characteristics, analyzing the theme, and practicing story elements, we culminated our learning with this creative writing project.
This project is intended to last about a week and goes through the entire writing process. Included are note pages, planning pages, draft pages, an editing checklist, and a rubric for the final project. There are also different instruction options if you choose to make the final product digital (see below).
Paper Storybook Version:
There are so many options for making storybooks. I’ve seen teachers use construction and lined paper, purchase blank books, or fold printer paper to make story books. If you choose to have students make their final products on paper, there are so many options for the final product! The planning pages, checklists, and rubrics can be used.
Digital Version Using StoryBird:
My classes used a free website called Storybird.com to create our final products. Extra time will need to be set aside for you to create logins for students and get them set up, but the students had so much fun using this digital platform to create their novels. The best part was, since we used the program over several days, we were able to download our finished storybooks for free and share them on our school’s website! All planning pages, checklists, and rubrics can be used.