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Celebration of Writing


English Language Arts (NYS P-12 Common Core)

Grade Levels

Elementary, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade


  • Books are evaluated on the basis of established rubric.
  • Teacher evaluates student participation.


Antoinette M. Howard, South Colonie Central School District


month long / year long unit


Objective: Students will experience the roles of being a published author and illustrator.

Activity: Students will know the thrill of becoming an actual published author and illustrator.

  • Teacher discusses the different genres of books.
  • Students analyze different types of books and identify the various components of a book (e.g., story, illustrations, cover). Teacher and students create a rubric for a children's book.
  • Local bookstore owner, artist, author, graphic designer, and printer are invited to class to discuss their roles in making children's books.
  • Teacher introduces/models the writing process (i.e., brainstorm, write rough draft, edit, write final copy, publish, and share).
  • Students brainstorm ideas for books and follow the writing process to write their stories. Students use a peer-editing process.
  • Students use computers and word processing programs to write their stories.
  • Students analyze the covers of different books to identify major components (i.e., title, author, and illustration).
  • Art teacher discusses the different elements that should be included in the illustrations on the cover and throughout the story.
  • Students create the covers for their books and produce other illustrations.
  • Teacher assists students in publishing their books.
  • A special “Meet the Author” day is scheduled, and friends, families, and guest speakers are invited to hear the students read their books.
  • Teacher and students work to create a program for the event.


  • Computers
  • Word processing software
  • Bookbinding machines
  • Guest speakers


  • Read a variety of books that deal with publishing a book or being an author (i.e. If I Were an Author by Amelia Writes).
  • Students can read their books to senior citizens at a local retirement home.
  • Books can be displayed in school or community library.


Howard, Antoinette M. “Celebration of Writing.” In Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Resource Guide with Core Curriculum. New York State Department of Education, 49.

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