Creating a class book with your students is a great way to build their confidence as young writers by giving them a physical representation of their hard work and creativity. The benefits of creating a classbook promotes many things outside of just developing writing skills including collaboration, story development, brainstorming and more.
The Awesome Benefits of Creating a Class book
1. Build Confidence in Young Writers
Although a few students may excel at writing the second they learn how to form a sentence, many are not confident writers right off the bat - especially at the elementary level. Creating a classbook helps show students that writing is more than just grammar exercises and spelling tests, but a way to express their thoughts and feelings. Seeing their work printed in a classbook is a fantastic motivator to keep confidence levels up when it comes to writing. Click here for more confidence building classroom activities.
2. Promote Teamwork and Collaboration
Learning to work well with others is a skill that your students will use for the rest of their lives.
Teamwork and collaboration help develop social skills by teaching your young students to communicate their ideas in a tactful way and listen to other ideas that are different from their own.
It is important for kids to understand that their voices are being heard so that they can gain valuable self-confidence in the classroom and in life. This gives them a sense of worth and encourages participation in the team so that even the quietest or shyest members of the team feel encouraged to share their ideas.
The beauty of creating a classbook is that it provides opportunities for your students to work together. You can brainstorm book ideas as a class or put together stories in small groups to collaborate on the overarching topic for your classbook. Then, when it’s time to write the book, students can partner up to edit each other’s work or simply encourage them to talk to the person next to them when they are feeling a little stuck. Creating a classbook can effectively help foster classroom collaboration throughout the entire project.
3. Encourage Creativity Through Writing
Creativity is a skill that needs to be nurtured and celebrated. Young children are naturally creative. You can see this in the imaginative stories they verbally tell and the games they play. When it comes to writing, this natural creativity is something your students should tap into on a regular basis. You can nurture your students’ creativity in a variety of ways, but one of the most effective is through writing.
Creating a classbook lets students explore their creativity and create pages in a book that is uniquely theirs. They may even discover what makes them tick creatively in the process.
You can help students hash out their writing ideas in a variety of ways to help promote creativity. A couple of our favorites include free writing, a brainstorming technique that is great for sparking creativity. The other is fostering a creative atmosphere by allowing students to listen to music or move around the classroom to write. As your students work on their ideas for their classbook pages, they will be able to see their creative ideas take shape and come to life.
4. Introduce the Writing Process
Many teachers agree that the writing process provides structure and organization to students who feel insecure, lost or unsure of where to go next with their writing. The writing process shows students that it is okay if their writing isn’t perfect the first time they put everything on paper and that mistakes and improvement are a part of creating great writing.
Every step of the writing process is involved when creating a classbook. Your students are introduced to story ideation, draft writing, draft editing, revisions, creating a final draft and illustrating their story or poem. They will develop a better grasp of the writing process and how it creates better writing while creating their classbook pages.
5. Create a Keepsake
Creating a classbook is beneficial in many ways, but the most long-term is that it allows your students to have something they can look back at as they progress through their educational and professional careers. Your students will grow up and their writing skills will evolve, but the classbook they wrote in elementary school will always take them back to that moment in time.
We have talked a lot about how creating classbooks benefit the students, but having a book created for each year you teach, is an excellent reminder of all of the wonderful, thoughtful students you have taught over the years.