This is the hottest Common Core project in schools right now

“Having students create, and then publish, eBooks enhances the purpose for writing,” explained Harvey. “You’re not writing to satisfy just the teacher, you’re expanding your audience, taking pride in your work, and having higher expectations for your work. If kids know everyone can see their work, they put more effort into it.”

Considerations for student eBook projects

1. Before starting an eBook, make sure students have at least a basic understanding of digital literacy.

If you’re assigning eBooks to preschool students, a teacher will have to know about copyright and citations, but in later grades, students should know how to conduct proper research and properly cite their sources, said Harvey.

“Inquiry skills are big in Common Core, and they work well in this kind of project,” he said. “However, students also need to know about fair use policies for any images they use or any direct text they insert.”

Sources for helping both students and teacher learn more about eBooks and copyright include:

2. Help students design their eBook with guidance on design.

“All eBooks should be edited and the teacher should be there to guide students on important features, like layout, design and words-per-page,” Harvey said.

One way of helping students with design is by showing them examples of other student eBook projects, finding them online, or through a sample of multiple different media formats, such as newsletters, pamphlets, short stories, and more.

By incorporating more text examples into the curriculum, a teacher can also help satisfy the Common Core’s requirement of implementing multiple kinds of text within the classroom.

For a list of resources on eBooks design, click here.

(Next page: The tools available, and a best practice video)

Meris Stansbury

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