Monday, June 27, 2011

A Publishing Party!

It's done! Ms. Murphy's second grade class has finished its book. And it's a beaut! It's got a dedication page, a table of contents, and lots of clearly written information inside. It's just like a real book. Do you know why? It IS a real book!

Just check out this sample page in Chapter 4.

Two of the people the kids dedicated the book to were Mr. O'Toole and Mr. Moore, construction experts who helped them with their research. So Ms. Murphy invited them to the classroom to get copies of the book. (This photo is so dark because the reflecting tape on their safety vests messed up the flash. That's sort of interesting, isn't it?)

Since Mr. O'Toole and Mr. Moore had shared information about how they did their jobs, the kids returned the favor. They explained the whole bookmaking process. Each one of them explained one of the words you see on this board and how it related to making their book.

Brainstorm, for example, was what they did to come up with all the ideas they thought should be in the book.

Observed was what they did everyday for a week and a half, going down and watching the workers at the site. This inspired many of their questions.

Inquired was their asking Mr. O'Toole and Mr. Moore lots and lots of questions, such as whether they work in the rain and in the summer and if they have first aid kits on site.

Teamwork was what happens on the construction site and also what happened in the classroom when the kids worked together to write their sections and edit each others' work by "making the works better."

And results were their reward, what they got by asking good questions and working hard. The best results? The book itself.

Mr. O'Toole and Mr. Moore both said that they were very proud to have a copy. In fact, Mr. Moore said that everyone else on the construction site would be jealous! We hope that he'll share.

Then Mr. O'Toole and Mr. Moore asked the kids if they would autograph the books. Yes, every single student in the whole class. And they did.

That day, every kid felt like an author!

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