You are the Author
Introduction <ul><li>You are a famous children’s book author. Your publisher has asked you to create a new children’s book...
Process <ul><li>Step One </li></ul><ul><li>Step Two </li></ul><ul><li>Step Three </li></ul><ul><li>Step Four </li></ul>
Step One <ul><li>Use the interactive to see elements of a familiar short story:  “Cinderella” </li></ul><ul><li>Review the...
Step Two <ul><li>Learn about the importance of copyright laws. </li></ul><ul><li>Watch the  video  to learn the basics of ...
Step Three <ul><li>Create a  ZooBurst  account </li></ul><ul><li>Watch the  tutorial  to learn how to use ZooBurst. </li><...
Step Four <ul><li>A major part of the writing process is editing your work. Now that you have finished your work on ZooBur...
Evaluation <ul><li>As your publisher, I will be checking your book for creativity, grammar and spelling, and also organiza...
Conclusion <ul><li>After completing this web quest, you have learned how real authors go about writing stories. You have m...
Credits <ul><li>Annenburg Foundation. (2011).  Elements of a Story . Retrieved from http://www.learner.org/interactives/st...
Teacher Page <ul><li>This webquest allows students to explore what it would be like to be an author. It enables the studen...
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  1. 1. You are the Author
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Process <ul><li>Step One </li></ul><ul><li>Step Two </li></ul><ul><li>Step Three </li></ul><ul><li>Step Four </li></ul>
  4. 4. Step One <ul><li>Use the interactive to see elements of a familiar short story: “Cinderella” </li></ul><ul><li>Review the key elements of a story. </li></ul><ul><li>Watch a video on writing a children’s book. </li></ul><ul><li>Complete the graphic organizer for the story you plan to create. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Step Two <ul><li>Learn about the importance of copyright laws. </li></ul><ul><li>Watch the video to learn the basics of copyright laws. </li></ul><ul><li>Check out this site , and write down at least 3 things you learn about copyright laws. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Step Three <ul><li>Create a ZooBurst account </li></ul><ul><li>Watch the tutorial to learn how to use ZooBurst. </li></ul><ul><li>Get to work creating the story; Be sure to follow the graphic organizer you have completed. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Step Four <ul><li>A major part of the writing process is editing your work. Now that you have finished your work on ZooBurst, view the resources below: </li></ul><ul><li>Using Quotations </li></ul><ul><li>Proofreading Tips </li></ul><ul><li>Mistakes Spell-Check won’t Find </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Evaluation <ul><li>As your publisher, I will be checking your book for creativity, grammar and spelling, and also organization of story elements. </li></ul><ul><li>Check the Rubric to be sure you have done your best! </li></ul><ul><li>You will turn in these things: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Story Element Graphic Organizer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 Editing Mistakes you Found </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Link to your Book </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Conclusion <ul><li>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! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Credits <ul><li>Annenburg Foundation. (2011). Elements of a Story . Retrieved from http://www.learner.org/interactives/story/ </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Chase, L. (2006). Top Ten Tips on becoming an Author . Retrieved from http://www.wdfm.com/toptentips.htm </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>EduTecher, . (Producer). (2010). Zooburst . [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwE25dx2CaU </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Engram, J. (2007). Elements of Short Stories . Retrieved from http://hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/engramja/elements.html </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Houghton Mifflon Company. (2008). Story Map 2 . Retrieved from http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/pdf/storymap2_eng.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Rodgers, J. (2008). Zooburst . Retrieved from http://zooburst.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>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/ </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Sharon, A. (2007). 8 Proofreading Tips and Techniques . Retrieved from http://www.dailywritingtips.com/8-proofreading-tips-and-techniques/ </li></ul><ul><li>Photo Credits: </li></ul><ul><li>Background Courtesy of http://tntel.tnsos.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Pop-Up Book Courtesy of http://mrscoombsbookblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/robert-sabuda-pop-up-books.html </li></ul><ul><li>Book Writer Courtesy of http://www.imageenvision.com/portfolio/leoblanchette/6 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Teacher Page <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Reading, Writing and Listening Standards: </li></ul><ul><li>1.3.7.C: </li></ul><ul><li>Interpret the use of literary elements within and among texts including characterization , setting, plot, theme , point of view , and tone. </li></ul><ul><li>1.4.7.A: </li></ul><ul><li>Write poems, short stories, and plays. </li></ul><ul><li>Select and use various organizational methods to support writer’s purpose. </li></ul><ul><li>Include literary elements and devices. </li></ul><ul><li>1.4.7.B: </li></ul><ul><li>Write multi-paragraph informational pieces (e.g., letters, descriptions, reports, instructions, essays, articles, interviews) </li></ul><ul><li>Use relevant graphics (e.g., maps, charts, graphs, tables, illustrations, photographs). </li></ul><ul><li>R7.A.2.3.1: Make inferences and/or draw conclusions based on information from text. </li></ul><ul><li>1.9.7.A: Use media and technology resources for self-directed learning, support personal productivity, group collaboration, and learning throughout the curriculum. </li></ul>

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