Change the World? We’re Writing a Book in One Day!

Notice to classrooms around the world, we are inviting you to join us as we write a book in one day.  That’s right….One Day!

Our 5th and 6th grade English class will spend the day on May 6, 2015 writing, writing, and more writing.  We will give the students the title of the book at 8:15 am EST and they will have to submit a publishable book by 2:45 pm EST.  The students will brainstorm what they want to write about, divide up the tasks, and write, revise, write, revise until the book is complete.

We want other classes to join us on the same day at roughly the same time (we understand if different time zones need to adjust).  Each class will write their own book, but with the same title.  The title of our book will be Change the World? Volume 1.  Each class that joins us in the project would be subsequent volumes.  So, the second class that joins would be Change the World? Volume 2 and the third Change the World? Volume 3 and so forth.  At the end, we plan to use Amazon’s Createspace Self-Publishing to print copies of the book.  We will only sell the book at the cost to print.  We will also provide free .pdf versions of each book to be available for download.  We’ll be writing our book in English, but that doesn’t mean you have to.

This is the first year we are doing this, so we are developing the process as we go.  All classes that join us will need to be able to share their book via Google Drive.  All grade levels are welcome. Throughout the day, we’d love to connect with other classes through Google Hangouts and talk about our progress or share resources.  We hope by the end our students learn skills in writing and editing, collaborating, preserving, but most importantly, how they can change the world.

If you’d like to join us on this project, email me here or comment on this post.  I hope you and your students can join us on May 6th as we Change the World?

Update (2/12): Right now, we have committed: Volume 1: Allison Fisher’s 5th/6th Grade Class from Little Flower Catholic School in Indianapolis, Indiana, Volume 2: Steve Auslander’s 5th Grade Class from Allisonville Elementary in Indianapolis, Indiana, Volume 3: Amie Trahan’s 8th Grade Class from Vanderbilt Catholic High School in Houma, Louisiana, and Volume 4: Nicole Carter’s 8th Grade Class from Neil Armstrong Middle School in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Update (2/16):  We have two more classes!  Volume 5: Beth Moore’s 5th Grade Class from Sacred Heart Elementary School in Fowler, Indiana and Volume 6: Sarah Landis’s Class from Pleasanton Unified School District in Pleasanton, California.

Update (3/8): Volume 7 is Ellen Smith’s 4th graders from Glenbrook Elementary in Streamwood, IL.  And, I think we’re very close to getting our first international participants!

4 thoughts on “Change the World? We’re Writing a Book in One Day!”

  1. Would like to know more, do you have any more instructions you can share out? What does this look like, I am trying to wrap my head around it. I love the authenticity and publishing aspects so I am definitely interested. Will also have to look at my testing schedule to see if May 6th is open…

    1. We want this to be a creative process for all involved so we don’t have specific instructions as to how to accomplish this task. Mainly, each class will devote the entire day to writing and choose the content of their own work. How each teacher manages the brainstorming, work distribution, and timeline is up to them. If some classes want to collaborate during the day, maybe by helping editing each others’ work, that would be great, but not required. At the end of the school day, the teacher will submit their finished book through Google Drive and I will help prepare them all for distribution.
      This is all new to us. Once we get closer to time, we can share with you how we intend to accomplish our goal. We just had this idea and decided to go for it. I’m sure we’ll learn some lessons along the way that can improve it for the future. I hope you can join us.

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