Resource Kit for ePublishing

 Approaches to Authentic Student Publishing
The World Wide WEB has “democratized the media” and one great benefit to teachers and students is that it has transformed the Publishing phase of the Writing Process from an approximation of publishing to REAL PUBLISHING! Students can now be more than just emerging writers, they can be Published Writers! Since The Web has emerged, two basic approaches to Student Publishing have developed: 1) formal online publications have come into being that publish student work submitted to them, and 2) using Web 2.0 resources, teachers and their students have even more control over the process and can publish work on their own. Her are lists of resources and ideas organized by these two approaches.  The upside to the first group is the ease of submitting to an already established entity – the down sides include: this type of site often stipulates the theme and type of writing they will consider publishing, almost all dictate the length and  format of what they accept, there is a very considerable ‘lag time’ from when student work is submitted and it is published,  while having student work published online is encouraging, and many of these sites offer only a very basic and non-professional looking end product.  In general, this MAY prove to be a worthwhile way to begin the process of fostering. However, while following Approach Number 2, which involves teachers, students , and others using some of the new, user friendly, Web 2.0 resources found on the web, something that requires a little extra thinking, reflecting, and practice, this approach allows all of the shortcomings of Approach Number 1 (above). As a result students and teachers create writing and publishing projects that look very, very much like professionally published items, have total control over the content and format, and the timetable of when writing is submitted and published! For teachers and students interested in Non-fiction writing and publishing, the 2
nd approach is especially important and rewarding.

Approach #1) Formal Student Publishing Sites to which student work can be submitted:

Acrostic Poems for Children, Teachers, and other Poets: publishes student poems in which letters spell another word.  
Fern's Poetry Club:
WGBH runs this site that publishes student poems.
A bilingual site for student authors.
Publishes student stories. The site challenges students to write a story based on a character, place, and object prompt provided.
Pet of the Day: Students can submit a picture and a narrative of a pet.
ZuZu: Encourages kids to contribute stories, poetry and more  
The online anthology for young authors and readers  
 Publishes student book reports online.
‘Where you are not alone’ - Students can submit pictures, stories, multimedia, etc.
Encourages teens to share their book reports and more.
Writing with Writers (Scholastic):
“Students work with writers, editors, and illustrators in exclusive workshops designed to guide them in developing their skills.”
My Hero: Encourages students to write and publishes their own stories about their heroes.
Fractured Fairy Tales (Scholastic):
Explore Fractured Fairy Tales with Jon Scieszka, author of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs! and Squids Will Be Squids. Use our Classroom Activity Guides for each of the books. Then you can write your own fractured fairy tale and publish it online
Kids Bookshelf Bringing Children and Books Together: Publishes short stories, articles, and poems written by kids.

Approach #2) Independent Technology-supported (hard copy and) ePublishing (online publishing)

Resource Kit for ePublishing:
Low cost kit that supports teachers in guiding students through writing intended for publishing and publishing for the purpose of fostering student writing, and applying student writing and publishing to learning across the curriculum