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The Children's Picture Book Project

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The Children's Picture Book Project

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Eight 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Junius Wright

Junius Wright

Charleston, South Carolina


National Council of Teachers of English


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September 25, 2013

This will be my 5th year using this project. My students write original stories in Spanish for a unit grade. We "bind" them in clear-front report covers and send them to Guatemala for the impoverished children there. My students love helping those children! Muchas gracias for simplifying a rewarding lesson!


Stacey Doerr

April 21, 2013

I have taught this unit the past two years. My students write their final book in an actual hardcover bound 32-page book. They interviewed a kindergartner at a local elementary and designed most aspects of the story based on their little buddy. My 8th grade students then gift their book to their little buddy on their third and final visit. It is a fantastic authentic writing experience.


R. Schomburg

November 27, 2012

This is an outstanding lesson/unit. I use it annually as a culminating writing project for the end of our fall semester. My Pre-AP English students are completely engaged throughout the process and many have actually asked to keep their published pieces to give as gifts for Christmas! Aint it sweet!


Diana Bradbury

October 17, 2012

This looks brilliant. I've been teaching English Language Arts for 30 years and I am always looking for different ways to engage kids in writing. I'll let you know how it goes.


Molly Scanlon

June 05, 2012

I used this assignment in a 9th grade academic reading class. After students composed their books, we walked to the nearby elementary school to read to their students. It made the students write for a very real audience. I also added the caveat that the narratives had to contain a social message/moral of some type. The results were some of the best writing I had seen from students all year. Great resources!



September 22, 2011

This was very well organized and very helpful. He gave great details, resources and tips! Thank you. I will keep you posted on the outcome of this lesson.



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