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This is a webquest that allows students to explore being an author via the internet while creating their own children's story.

This is a webquest that allows students to explore being an author via the internet while creating their own children's story.



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    • You are the Author
    • Introduction
      • You are a famous children’s book author. Your publisher has asked you to create a new children’s book to submit for publishing. Your publisher would like to create virtual storybooks for children and has asked you to write the first book.
    • Process
      • Step One
      • Step Two
      • Step Three
      • Step Four
    • Step One
      • Use the interactive to see elements of a familiar short story: “Cinderella”
      • Review the key elements of a story.
      • Watch a video on writing a children’s book.
      • Complete the graphic organizer for the story you plan to create.
    • Step Two
      • Learn about the importance of copyright laws.
      • Watch the video to learn the basics of copyright laws.
      • Check out this site , and write down at least 3 things you learn about copyright laws.
    • Step Three
      • Create a ZooBurst account
      • Watch the tutorial to learn how to use ZooBurst.
      • Get to work creating the story; Be sure to follow the graphic organizer you have completed.
    • Step Four
      • A major part of the writing process is editing your work. Now that you have finished your work on ZooBurst, view the resources below:
      • Using Quotations
      • Proofreading Tips
      • Mistakes Spell-Check won’t Find
        • Now, edit your story. On the back of your graphic organizer, write down 5 mistakes you found in your writing. When you are finished, submit your book to your publisher.
    • Evaluation
      • As your publisher, I will be checking your book for creativity, grammar and spelling, and also organization of story elements.
      • Check the Rubric to be sure you have done your best!
      • You will turn in these things:
        • Story Element Graphic Organizer
        • 5 Editing Mistakes you Found
        • The Link to your Book
    • Conclusion
      • After completing this web quest, you have learned how real authors go about writing stories. You have mastered the elements of a short story and have created your own masterpiece!
    • Credits
      • Annenburg Foundation. (2011). Elements of a Story . Retrieved from http://www.learner.org/interactives/story/
      • Bard, J. (Producer). (2009). Writing tips: 4 rules beginning children's book writers should never break . [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l_97MTTMUg&feature=related
      • Chase, L. (2006). Top Ten Tips on becoming an Author . Retrieved from http://www.wdfm.com/toptentips.htm
      • EduTecher, . (Producer). (2010). Zooburst . [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwE25dx2CaU
      • Engram, J. (2007). Elements of Short Stories . Retrieved from http://hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/engramja/elements.html
      • Houghton Mifflon Company. (2008). Story Map 2 . Retrieved from http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/pdf/storymap2_eng.pdf
      • Rodgers, J. (2008). Zooburst . Retrieved from http://zooburst.com/
      • Rose, J. (2006, September 18). Ten Common Writing Mistakes your Spell Checker won't Find . Retrieved from http://writingenglish.wordpress.com/2006/09/18/ten-common-writing-mistakes-your-spell-checker-won%E2%80%99t-find/
      • Sharon, A. (2007). 8 Proofreading Tips and Techniques . Retrieved from http://www.dailywritingtips.com/8-proofreading-tips-and-techniques/
      • Photo Credits:
      • Background Courtesy of http://tntel.tnsos.org/
      • Pop-Up Book Courtesy of http://mrscoombsbookblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/robert-sabuda-pop-up-books.html
      • Book Writer Courtesy of http://www.imageenvision.com/portfolio/leoblanchette/6
    • Teacher Page
      • This webquest allows students to explore what it would be like to be an author. It enables the students to develop working definitions for the elements of a story and apply them in their own creation. It also gives students the opportunity to create an original work using modern technology.
      • Reading, Writing and Listening Standards:
      • 1.3.7.C:
      • Interpret the use of literary elements within and among texts including characterization , setting, plot, theme , point of view , and tone.
      • 1.4.7.A:
      • Write poems, short stories, and plays.
      • Select and use various organizational methods to support writer’s purpose.
      • Include literary elements and devices.
      • 1.4.7.B:
      • Write multi-paragraph informational pieces (e.g., letters, descriptions, reports, instructions, essays, articles, interviews)
      • Use relevant graphics (e.g., maps, charts, graphs, tables, illustrations, photographs).
      • R7.A.2.3.1: Make inferences and/or draw conclusions based on information from text.
      • 1.9.7.A: Use media and technology resources for self-directed learning, support personal productivity, group collaboration, and learning throughout the curriculum.