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Saturday, March 21, 2015

How to write and illustrate your own stories

An interdisciplinary lesson in collaboration with 6th grade language arts teacher Jessica Beerman
How did these students write and illustrate these amazing stories? This article will show you how to replicate these amazing results in your own classroom. 

Instructional Drawing videos by Mrs. Wintemberg

Directions for creating hand made books:

Student Art Gallery

Front cover, drawn by Anthony

 The back cover is WonderDog's cape

 Arianna's Illustration

Ayendy's Illustration
 Esmerelda, Itzel, Sheila and Jordan were so excited about their story that they actually stayed after school to type it.

Ethan and Emmanuel created these wonderful figure drawings 

Izaac, Alysa and Ronald created the wonderful illustrations below

Jesus Morales created the illustrations for the wonderful book below:


  1. Did you create your wonderful handouts? I do a unit like this with 5th grade students although it looks like you are doing more in-depth work. I'd love to get a better look at your handouts for reference but they won't enlarge. Would you consider sharing them?

  2. The handouts are part of a PDF document. You can just click on the upper right hand corner of the first page and download the whole document for your use. Yes. All the worksheets are original.

  3. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2VRzn6Ip2keYldhX3Nnck1weXc/view