Jozlyn Johnson is excited about being part of her class’s latest accomplishment as elementary students publish a book about rocks.
“We are nervous because this is not just for our class and people that we know,” the fifth-grader said. “This is for people that we will never really see, and they will be reading our writing.”
Jozlyn’s peers in Suzi Hesser’s class have spent the last few weeks writing a book hrough the Authentic Writing Through Book Publishing and Sharing. The students are creating a book about different types of rocks. Each student will write a page in the book.
“Every student has a rock that they are researching,” Hesser said. “In order to engage them more deeply, we want to create a book with our findings, publish it, and put it in libraries.”
Hessner is excited about students having an audience for their writing which will develop when the book is placed in local libraries. She wants them to develop pride in their work.
“When students write a paper that ends up in a folder, the writing is not as engaging and authentic,” Hesser said. “When they are writing and sharing their work with others, they become true authors.”