Several fifth graders in Mrs. DeCaprio’s reading classes received a “Young Author Award” for creating, writing, and illustrating their own picture books. Students began the project in January by studying and analyzing literary and visual qualities of picture books. They used the books to learn about story structure, character and plot development, visual elements, and graphic layout. Each student then developed his or her own original fiction story with illustrations and created hard cover picture books. The books included a photo and biography of each author.
Once completed, the fifth graders shared their stories with students in Kindergarten through third grade by participating in read-aloud activities.
A group of teachers read each book to determine winners in the award categories. Students were awarded certificates in several categories, including “Best Story” and “Best Illustrations.”