COLLABORATIVE BOOKS

TEACHING TIP #9

Grade Levels: PreK-5th grade Instructional focus: Writing

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.5
With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2.A
Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.


CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.A
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.

The Writing Process

WHAT ARE COLLABORATIVE BOOKS?

Students work together in small groups,or a whole class to make collaborative books. Each Student contributes a page or a section of the book, and they use the writing process as they draft, revise, and edit their pages.

Examples of Collaborative books

HOW TO USE THIS INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGY

1. Choose a topic- Teachers choose a broad topic related to a literature focus. Then students narrow the broad topic or choose a specific topic for their page.

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?

The benefit of collaborative books is that students share the work so the books are completed much more quickly. English learners are more likely to be successful when they write collaboratively because they have the help of their peers to choose vocabulary, phrasing, and spelling. Students also get to practice the writing process and become more efficient in writing.
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WHEN TO USE THIS STRATEGY

ABC Book- This is a great way for students to practice their alphabet.

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.

Sources

Tompkins, G. E. (2004). 50 literacy strategies: Step by step. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Merrill/Prentice Hall.