TEACHING TIP #9
Grade Levels: PreK-5th grade Instructional focus: Writing
With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.
Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer's purpose.
WHAT ARE COLLABORATIVE BOOKS?
Examples of Collaborative books
Students work as a whole class to create and design an alphabet book.
WHO AM I
Students have opportunity to share a page about themselves with the rest of the class.
Students will research an important piece that ties the topic together.
HOW TO USE THIS INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGY
2.Introduce the page or section design- Teachers often model the procedure by writing one page of the book together as a class.
3. Make rough drafts- Students swap papers with classmates and revise writing. Students then correct mechanical errors and make a final copy.
4. Compile the pages- Students add a title page, cover, table of contents, and bibliography. The books are often laminated and bound.
5. Make copies of the book. Teachers often make copies of the book for each student to have.
Why use this Strategy?
WHEN TO USE THIS STRATEGY
Who am I- This is a great introductory book. This could be done the first couple days of school to get to know your students and classmates.
Poem unit- Students will be responsible for recreating the different poem types.
Literature unit- when reading the same book, make students responsible for creating main events from the chapters.
Research- Students might research a topic such as Revolutionary war. Each student will be responsible for adding information.
This strategy can be integrated into other subject areas as well.
To get creative, students can decorate the background with colored pencils .
Students can fill out the background of their poems to make it more personal.
Students can cut out words and pictures from a magazine to describe their characters.
Tompkins, G. E. (2004). 50 literacy strategies: Step by step. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Merrill/Prentice Hall.