My students need a color printer to Publish their stories and make them look like REAL books. We are starting a class Writer's Club to promote literacy.
Do you remember what it was like the first time you published an article or book? It feels like you are standing on the top of the World. My ESOL students are learning how to Read fluently in their new Orlando environment. Writing and Reading cannot be separated and I want to celebrate publishing.
My students speak Spanish, Creole and French.
Many moved to Orlando from their home countries this year. They are adorable, energetic, enthusiastic, third graders that get a kick out of writing and illustrating stories using Pixie Software, Google Docs, and Write Smart. I feel it will motivate them if I could publish their stories in color and have weekly Friday "Young Author" celebrations where they read their published books to the class. I have a binding machine so all we need is a color printer. The students could take home their books over the weekend and read them to their parents in English. The Pixie Story Writing software looks great when you print the finished book in color. The students are fortunate to attend a technology pilot school so they all have access to a Samsung Chromebook and a Smart Board. The school is beautiful and clean. The principal of our school and the teachers are extremely dedicated, hardworking, professionals. It is a top school in Florida.
Having a color printer will make our story writing come to life for the kids. Publishing books in color every week and taking them home to read will create joy and excitement in each child. We do Flat Stanley/Sally projects over the holidays and write stories about where he/she traveled to on vacation. Using the color printer it will add life to our printed presentations and stories. Clip art and actual photos that we take in class will "pop" with the color ink. Writing becomes meaningful for students when they can actually print their work and illustrate it with actual drawings and clip art. Students will use the microphones on Young Author Friday's to read their finished papers to the class so it should improve their fluency in English and their oral language.
This project is important because I like to get kids excited about Reading and Writing.
Writing is exciting when you illustrate your work and put color onto each page. Even the cover itself can make or break a book sale. When a child writes and publishes their own book they get "fired up" about Reading it to the class and sharing their work. We desperately need a color printer.
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