Write On! Day Camp Information

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This presentation is for teachers to view to find out more details about operating a Write On! Day Camp.

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Write On! Bookmaking Camp Available for Classroom teachers to teach! 2/4/2013 1 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC Teachers make $20 per student for a 7 hour commitment!

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2/4/2013 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC 2 Publishing Young Authors is a nonprofit dedicated to increasing children’s interest in writing through writing, illustrating and publishing a hardbound books of their own as well as providing materials and information for students to create more books independently. Write On! Publishing donates all intellectual materials to Publishing Young Authors for the day camps. Publishing Young Authors also provides an opportunity for teachers to earn a stipend for teaching the camp as well as learning new writing strategies to use in their own classrooms. Students pay $40 for the camp and teachers are paid $20 per student. PYA grants and fundraising help absorb their excess cost for materials, labor, and book publishing. Publishing Young Authors

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Camp Goal Write On ! Day Camp’s purpose is to provide 3rd-6th grade children with the materials and knowledge to become independent book writers at home as well as writing , illustrating and publishing a hardbound book of their own . 2/4/2013 3 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC

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2/4/2013 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC 4 Camp Duration The camp takes seven hours (6 with students + 1 for preparing and organizing) and can be divided into two weekend days, one full day or multiple days after school. Camp dates are decided by the teacher and can be held on a Saturday, after school, during a holiday break, or in the summer.

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2/4/2013 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC 5 Camp Instructor Qualifications Classroom teachers currently working in a school are hired to operate writing camps because they: Have experience teaching Have their own classrooms to hold the day camp Can market the program to teachers, students, and parents in the school Know how to access the internet in the school’s computer lab

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2/4/2013 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC 6 Camp Details For the first three hours, students meet in the computer lab. They are sent to user-friendly Internet software called Write On! Book Creator (Writeonfun.com) where they will be typing their stories as they follow a step-by-step Power Point providing specific instructions and examples. The Power Point is the teachers lesson plan as all he/she has to do is follow it. After students write their stories, they then follow a power point guiding them through the illustration process.

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Teacher’s Responsibilities Market the program to 3rd-6th grade students Send registration forms and students’ checks to Publishing Young Authors before the Write On! Day Camp meets Supply students with pencils, crayons and colored pencils for illustrating Teach the class Scan students’ illustrations and upload them into the software (parent volunteer or techie students love taking on this task) Take photos of students and have them upload them into their story ( optional as students can do this online at home) Edit students’ stories 2/4/2013 7 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC

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2/4/2013 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC 8 Publishing Young Author’s Responsibilities Provide the teachers with marketing materials and information about the camp Provide the teacher with Sharpies Provide the teacher with Write On! Guidebooks for each student Print, publish, bind and send hardbound books back to the teacher to distribute to students

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2/4/2013 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC 9 Student Cost Students are charged $40 for the Write On! Day Camp. Students can order extra books, a Power Point of their story or the PDF file and book covers to make extra books on their own. Teacher Stipend Teachers are paid $20 per student so 15 students would equal $300 for the camp. Teachers can have as many students as the computer lab will hold. The more students, the more parent/teen helpers will be necessary to help children with writing, editing and illustrating. A teacher can handle 12 students independently. After that, it is recommended to have helpers.

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Student Write On! Guidebook Students receive a 25-page Write On! Guidebook which includes descriptive writing activities, instructions for five different stories with color picture examples and step-by-step instructions, colored illustration technique samples, along with a variety of other writing-related information. Participating students can also publish three more stories with the Write On! Book Creator software at no extra costs. ($60 value) 2/4/2013 10 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC

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The Write On! Guidebook Samples This is a sample of Illustration t echniques and one of the story examples. 2/4/2013 11 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC

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Finished Book Sample The stories are designed with a title page, author page, dedication page, six text pages and six illustration pages as in the samples below. Cover Author and Dedication Illustration text Illustration text Illustration text Illustration text © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC 2/4/2013 12

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2/4/2013 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC 13 Power Point Samples Using the Power Point as a guide helps students smoothly complete writing and illustrating their books in the confines six hours. A brief outline and samples from the Power Point are as follows:

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Students first learn some writing techniques that will help them write more descriptively. 2/4/2013 14 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC

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2/4/2013 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC 15 Before writing, students are provided with a handout to use for writing subjects and ideas.

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Students are read two different sample stories like the one they will be writing during the day camp. The type of story in this day camp is a point of view story. 2/4/2013 16 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC

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Specific instructions help students organize each page. The first page is the introduction, the following four pages are the details and the last page is a conclusion. Teachers are required to check each stage of students writing to make sure it is following the current step. If this is not monitored, students’ stories will wander. Part of the flyer says that students will learn to organize their writing so this is a possible expectation parents will have when reading their children’s stories. You can get help from stronger writers, parents, or teen volunteers to help check each phase of the students’ writing. 2/4/2013 17 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC

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Illustration Techniques Students also learn illustration techniques that help with not only good illustrations, but also creative drawing ideas. 2/4/2013 18 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC

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Another sample to teach students illustration techniques. 2/4/2013 19 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC

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Illustration Process Just as the writing process, students are walked through each page of the illustration process. Again, if this is not monitored, students will quickly fall into patterns of drawing too small, not using enough color, pushing too hard with their pencil, and creating pictures that look too similar to the next. 2/4/2013 20 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC

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Students illustrate the six pages of their story. Your job is to scan these and upload them into each students’ story. Or we can do it but it dips in to your salary $2 per child. (Many teachers have a student or parent volunteer to do this for them at home as some schools don’t have scanners. Other teachers scan students stories on their own home scanners) 2/4/2013 21 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC kkkk

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2/4/2013 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC 22 How do you start? First, we send you an actual sample book to show the students during classroom presentations and email a flyer about the camp which you will individualize as in the yellow highlights below. We will send a hard copy sample book for you to show the students

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2/4/2013 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC 23 Recruiting Your Writers You will be provided with the necessary information to recruit your writers. You must do your own marketing. You are provided with a hard copy sample book and a flyer/sign up sheet that students will fill out and return with a check to Publishing Young Authors. The best way to recruit your students is to give a quick 2 minute presentation to the 3 rd -6 th grade classes. If you just send out flyers or have the teachers tell their students, they will not sign up. The students have to actually see the books they will be making. Interested students are going to get their parents to sign them up.

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2/4/2013 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC 24 Once you have your student sign-up sheets and checks, you send them to Publishing Young Authors and we will send you the power points for the writing and the illustration lessons, Sharpies and Write On! Guidebooks for each student. After you complete the class, we will print, bind, and assemble your books and send them back to you to distribute to your students along with a check for you for $20 per student who paid. The stories need to be appropriately edited and follow the format of the power point instead of letting them just write whatever. If students’ writing is unclear and appears as though there was no monitoring to follow the instructions, you will need to call that student in and adjust the story for meaning. If stories are checked through each step of their writing, this is never a problem.

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2/4/2013 © 3013 Publishing Young Authors LLC 25 Contact Information Heather Glass Publishing Young Authors publishingyoungauthors@live.com 208.344.7103

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