Teach Students With Book Writing Prompts
There are many challenges when you teach students with book writing prompts. Both the teacher and students have to be committed to completing the book. Be sure that both you and your students are prepared to face the challenges of writing a book with prompts. If you are prepared for your students to do something amazing, try the Magic Mirror writing prompts. I’m sure if you have faith in yourself and your students, you will be able to teach students to write a book with prompts.
Challenges for the Students
One challenge for the students is finding the time. While it is possible to write the book during class time, some students will still need to work at home to finish. Some of these students might have to do so because they are reluctant writers or because they write slowly.
Another challenge is that some of the students will be tempted to take the prompts, reword them with as little change as possible. They might then claim they are done. While not necessarily bad, these students will have to be encouraged to go back and add more details for each prompt. The same goes true for those students who don’t write much for each prompt.
Challenges for the Teacher
Just as the students will face a challenge of having enough time to complete the prompts during the school day, so too will the teachers. However, finding the time will prove well worth the effort after the book is completed.
Checking the students’ work will also be a challenge for the teacher. I would not worry too much about this at the beginning of the project. After all, the students will be going back and editing and revising what they have written at the end of the project. However, the teacher will need to look at each student’s writing to see if there are any big issues or areas of concern.
More Challenges for the Teacher
For example, if a student isn’t adding periods, is changing tenses often, or some other issue, the teacher should provide feedback as soon as possible so the student can stop making those mistakes. If they continue to make these mistakes, a short intervention might be necessary to address the concern. If more than one person is having a problem, such as with dialogue and quotation marks, the teacher can have a mini-lesson for the whole classroom.
The real work for the teacher takes place near the end of the project when the teacher and student review their edited and revised book. If the students have written enough, this will take quite a bit of time. On the positive side, most of the students will finish at different times. This will allow some one-on-one time with the students as they complete their book. Having the students use Grammarly before they work with the teacher will also save the teacher some time.
Meeting the Challenge of Writing a Book With Prompts
One of the best tools for completing the Magic Mirror book writing prompts is to use Google Classroom. This can be done as a whole group if everyone has access to individual computers. It can also be done in small groups, such as using a set of computers as a writing center.
With Google Classroom, the teacher can assign each student their own copy of the prompts and check on their progress at any moment. This allows the teacher to observe the students as they work. The teacher can also direct the student to observe as they show the students a mistake they might be making, such as not capitalizing. The teacher can do a word count each day to know if the students are actually writing or if they are just playing around.
Google Docs will automatically help them detect misspelled words. It also allows the students to measure their progress by using word count. One drawback is they might check their word count too obsessively.
Ways I Met the Challenges to Help Students Write a Book With PRompts
I used a word count board where every student could compare how many words they wrote to other students. You can assign them numbers instead of placing names on the word count sheets if you are worried about a student being embarrassed. I have noticed that my students sprinted at the beginning of the project to get ahead of their peers on word count.
Of course, one reason they might have worked so hard on the prompts was that I rewarded the students. I did this with prizes for every thousand words they wrote. I will admit this got a little expensive after a while. One of my students wrote over 20,000 words and another student wrote almost as many.
I also kept them engaged by having the students complete a certain number of words a day for a grade. If they didn’t write enough, it would affect their grade. I had the students write every day in November for most of the class period. This is because we were writing for NaNoWriMo. If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, please check out their website.
My students also knew that I would be giving them a copy of the book. I wanted to make sure their parents could see what they had written. My students also knew I would place another copy in the library. A few of the students did it for financial reasons. I let them know that the books were theirs, and they could sell their book if they wanted.
Results OF USing BOOK WRITING PROMPTS WITH STUDENTS
The results speak for themselves. My students took home a completed book while I placed another copy of their book in the library. Each time I visit the library, I love finding out that the books have been checked out by other students. I was even lucky enough to have a few of the students who finished their books first be interviewed by a local television station.
Help Your Students BY USING THE BOOK WRITING Prompts
I challenge you to give the prompts a try, even if it is only with a few of your students. This is what I did with my students the first year. I chose one of my middle school classes and tried out the prompts with them. In addition, I also gave the prompts to my fifth-grade students and allowed them to complete them on their own.
Two of my students completed the prompts on their own. If these two fifth graders could do the prompts on their own, with my help in editing, your students should be able to complete the prompts with your assistance as well. Don’t be scared. Believe in yourself and believe in your students. Give them a true challenge and help them succeed!