"[This is] an eye-opening virtual tour of whats going on now in classrooms around the country and around the world. It covers all the bases of classroom publishingand is filled with wise practical advice and engaging case studies.
Christopher Edgar, Publications Director, Teachers & Writers Collaborative
|"Publishing With Students. . . is a first-rate introduction and instruction text showing
parents and teachers how to best help young people on their
way to becomingthe next generation of published
Midwest Book Review
What motivates students to do their best writing? Getting published and having areal audience are great incentives. So, how can you help your students
publish their writing? How do you get your students involved and then prepared to take charge of the publishing process? What are the secrets of successful
student publications and how can you and your students achieve successful results?
Chris Weber answers these questions and more in his collection of essays by
produce traditional forms of student publications, including newspapers,
create websites to display student writing and art on the Internet
implement e-mail publication projects, both local and global
make a difference in the world through publishing
discover why and how other teachers publish, and how you can, too.
Filled with activities to encourage and disseminate students writing, wise and practical advice from experienced and talented teachers, and engaging case studies, Publishing with Students is, in the words of one of our best authorities on writing, Donald Graves, an important book to use.
Table of Contents
1. Writing to Publish Is for Every Student, Peter Elbow
|Foreword by Marion Dane Bauer|
What the Experts are Saying
[This is] an eye-opening virtual tour" of whats going on now in classrooms around the country and around the world. It covers all the bases of classroom publishingand is
filled with wise practical advice and engaging case studies.
Something important happens to students who publish and get response to their creations from people who are away from their classrooms.For teachers who want to expand their
students worlds through writing Publishing with Students is an important book to use.
Publishing with Students begins where most books about writing end. It answers the question: how do student writers find an audience? If writing is communication, the
process is incomplete unless writing is shared. How? With whom? [This book] answers an even more basic question: why we write.
We are always talking about providing students with authentic, meaningful opportunities to publish their writing, but too often we don't know how, or when, or where to do it.
[This is] the book I've needed and never foundChris Weber has written a book we can trust and for which weand our studentswill be grateful.
|Publishing with Students: A Comprehensive Guide We Can Use in Our Work ( a review) by Nina M. Koptyug, award-winning EFL teacher, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, English School #130, Novosibirsk, Russia.|
|What the Media is Saying
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Publishing With Students: A Comprehensive Guide by Chris Weber (ESL teacher and Founder of the Oregon Students Writing & Art Foundation) is a first-rate
introduction and instruction text showing parents and teachers how to best help young people on their way to
becoming the next generation of published authors. Individual chapters address the pros and cons of displaying
students work on the Internet, school newspapers and magazines, e-mail publication projects, crucial steps to
successful bookmaking, and much more. Appendixes full of resources round out this informative, practical, user
friendly, and highly recommended question-answering guide.
Expand your students worlds by expanding their audiences. Covering everything from newspaper to magazine to online publishing, Publishing with Students is a handbook for
educators willing to take their students work to a new level. Contributors include art directors, veteran teachers and editors, a Newbery Honor author, former assistant film
directors, and studentsall dedicated to assisting young writers in their own publishing pursuits. The book offers tips and lessons for starting school newspapers, building Web
sites, conducting Internet projects, and more. The author also provides a list of organizations that offer writing contests and publication opportunities for authors ages 5 to
The empowered student actively seeks to learn and to grow. Chris Weber gives ample proof of this in Publishing with Students: A Comprehensive Guide. Essays by more than
thirty teachers all reach the same conclusion: Publishing of student writing motivates students to work hard to improve their writing because they have a real audience.
Weber interlaces the essays with his own commentary. It is sometimes difficult to identify the transition from contributor to editor but the message is always the
Weber moves through a series of assumptions and offers supporting evidence from a wide range of teachers. The first assumption is that publication involves students with their
own learning. Second, writing, rewriting, editing, layout, printing, distribution, evaluation all become more valuable the more involved the students are. The final assumption
is that teachers can publish as well. In fact, Weber says, those of you who do [publish] will change yourselves and your students forever.
Publishing with Students begins as a book about how to publish your students writing but draws the teacher in, redefining the teachers role. We should be encouraging our students to share their work in every way possible. We should be helping our students take ownership of their work. We should be offering them examples of good writing. We should be writing with them, letting them see us struggle to reach the same goals we have for them. As Ada and Campoy say, If we are concerned with having our students conceive of themselves as writers, it will be important that they can see the process evolve in front of their eyes, that they see their teachers also as authors.
Some of the essays focus on the writing. Harold Beedle uses publishing as a culmination for a project on rain forests. He is most interested in research and revision.
Publication gives a clear purpose and understanding to all of the details necessary for a finished product.
Other essayists find the book itself most important. Louise Parms takes her students outside the box when they design their books because the physicality of a bookits look and
design, the way it feels in our hands as we turn or unfold or spread the pages to reveal the mysteries held withincan be as much a part of the process of publishing student work
as the effort that goes into the written content between the covers.
The most exciting aspect of this book is the what-then. Once publication has taken place, each of the essay writers reports on the excitement and pleasure and self confidence of
the student authors. Their work has importance, and they have importance.
Two final thoughts about Publishing with Students. The book is full of practical advice about the process and empowering students. But it is also a powerful statement
about the value of student publishing beyond the classroom. Sometimes the audience is other students and parents, but Chris Weber is very much aware of the rest of the world. He
treks in Asia each year to reenergize himself. His collection of essays also reaches out to a larger world, as student writing is used to forge connections between students-in
Belize and Zimbabwe and Brooklyn and Canada and Oregon and everywhere there is a teacher helping students publish. Publishing takes students out of their own community and makes
them part of the whole world.