Are you looking for a gift that your elementary school students will treasure? Give them a book of their own stories!
This download is a graphic organizer for your classroom story book. The template and the directions for the download are found here. The PREVIEW does not allow for your input. Only the downloadable version has the interactive fields.
Step One: Creating a Classroom Book
Help students create 220- to 280-word short stories (about summer experiences or the best thing that happened to them during the school year or a Christmas story or about an interesting topic they studied in your class). Each piece needs a title and author.
Step Two: Editing Stories
Correct the student’s work and allow them to rewrite it as many times as needed. Once they have made corrections, you can use this class book organizer in one of two ways:
PRINTABLE VERSION - Step Three
Print this file. Each sheet has two pages on it. Put students into pairs so they can fill out a page without dividing the sheet. On their page, they should write in their titles, names, and stories. (They need to share a page so it can remain an 8.5” x 11” page until you have made a copy for every student. This size fits best in most copy machines.) Then they can draw a corresponding picture. If you will be printing the book on a black-and-white copy machine, ask students to create their pictures using a black pen, markers, or pencils. (Make sure you have a page, too.) Take the completed sheets and print enough copies for each student to have their own book. Cut out the pages, and put the book together. This makes a great present for your students.
COMPUTER PRINTABLE VERSION - Step Three
Ask students to type their title, name, and story in a word processing program. When done, they should copy and paste what they typed into an email and send it to you. They should not try to format their stories, such as using bold, a fancy font size, etc. Plain text is best because the other formatting won’t transfer to this book. (How to copy and paste is found in step four.)
IMPORTANT: Instead of tab indents at the front of a paragraph, students need to use five spaces for their indents. This interactive PDF file doesn't recognize tabs with text.
COMPUTER PRINTABLE VERSION - Step Four
Once you have stories from at least two students, start with pages one and two. Copy and paste one story into Story 1 and the other into story two. (To copy, highlight the text in the email by dragging your cursor across it while you hold the left button. Then press the CTRL button and C button for PCs or the Command/Apple button and C button for Macs. Put your cursor in this PDF file and click in the box where the story goes. Then press the CTRL button and the V button for PCs or the Command/Apple button and V button for Macs. The story should appear in the box.)
COMPUTER PRINTABLE VERSION - Step Five
If you see a scroll bar on the right side of a text box, it means you have too many words in that box. When you print this file, some words will be hidden. So delete a few of the words in the text until you don’t see a scroll bar to the right.
COMPUTER PRINTABLE VERSION - Step Six
Type the student’s name above the story and the story’s title above the student’s name. Make sure each student’s works has a different page number. IMPORTANT: If you have the Adobe Acrobat program, not just the Acrobat Reader, you can save this file after adding each student’s story (“Save As”) and continue in this way until the book is complete. If you have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, not the full program, you should put in two stories at a time and print the spread, the sheet with two pages on it. As each set of pages is complete, it should be printed. Without the full program (and if you only have the Reader), the content in each box will be deleted every time you close the file.
COMPUTER PRINTABLE VERSION - Step Seven
Once the first copy is made for each page, don’t cut the sheet down the center line. Either have students make 3” x 3” pictures of their story using a black pen, marker, or pencil (if your printer only prints black-and-white copies) and attach them to the sheet or have two students work on the same sheet above their printed materials.
IMPORTANT: If you can scan in pictures and have the Adobe Acrobat full program, you can have students create their pictures separately and then put them together within the program. Pictures can be placed above each title.
NOTE: There is room for 32 stories in this file. If a student finishes early, allow the student to create a second story until all 32 slots are filled. Save the last slot for yourself so you can let your class know how much you enjoy teaching them and how talented they are.
COMPUTER PRINTABLE VERSION - Step Eight
Type the copyright information, such as “Mr. Karei’s Class” and the dedication for the book, along with the information about your book, pages 2 through 5, in the appropriate boxes. Then print these pages. Print the front cover that is included or create a front cover as a class on a half sheet of paper.
COMPUTER PRINTABLE VERSION - Step Nine
When every sheet is printed and has the necessary pictures, make one copy of the whole book for each student and one for yourself.
COMPUTER PRINTABLE VERSION - Step Ten
Give students their copies and ask them to cut each page on the center line. The blank sheet across from the cover is the last page of their book.
COMPUTER PRINTABLE VERSION - Step Eleven
Staple each book along the left-hand side, about ¼” from the edge. One staple should be about one inch from the top; one should be in the center, and one should be around ¼” from the bottom on the left-hand side.
COMPUTER PRINTABLE VERSION - Step Twelve
Let students bring their books home. This present from you and the rest of the class gives students a book to help them remember this year in your class.
NOTE: If you have the Adobe Acrobat program, not just the Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can save the book as a file. Instead of printing it, you can post it in your online classroom for students and parents to save as a file on their home computers or print, as needed. Then if you save it again under a different title, you can delete the content in each box and use this organizer year after year!