To get started, follow these steps to establish excitement and enthusiasm for the program.

Introduce the Program
Read the books from past winners.
Explain the program to the students as a concluding activity to a unit on authors/illustrators or as part of a unit on teaching the elements of story writing.

Form Groups
Will you involve the whole class?
Will you select students or let them form their own teams?
Do you want to take on several groups or limit it to one?

Focus on Books
Read books by a variety of authors and illustrators.
Compare and contrast their different styles.
Introduce elements of story writing (plot, theme, characters).
Which style of writing appeals to them most?
Which art medium most intrigues them?

Idea Starters – Use questions to get your students thinking about ideas for their story.
Who? Discuss possible characters to include in the story.
Where? In what setting does the story take place? Are there a variety of settings involved?
When? What is the time period of your story: present day, the future, the past, or a combination?
What? What is going to happen in their story? What is the problem or conflict?
Why? What is the purpose of the story: to educate and inform, to entertain, or a combination? What response do you want from the reader: to make them laugh, cry, understand a different view point or opinion?
How? How is the problem or conflict resolved?



Resources

The Kids Are Authors presentation from the 2013 Reading Summits
http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/contest/kaa/downloads/kidsareauthorspresentation.ppt

How to Get Kids Reading
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/8-great-ways-get-kids-reading/

Writing with Writers
http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/

Practice Writing Story Beginnings
http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonrepro/reproducibles/profbooks/ActiveBeginnings.pdf

Writing About a Main Character
http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonrepro/reproducibles/profbooks/40rubricchk.pdf

Writing About the Setting in a Story
http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonrepro/reproducibles/profbooks/writinghumorousfiction.pdf

Story Starters
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/storystarters/storystarter1.htm

Character Scrapbook
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/activity/character-scrapbook

Myths Brainstorming Machine
http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/mff/mythmachine.htm

Reproducible Lesson Plans, Ideas, Story Starters, Story Board Templates
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/25-ways-get-kids-writing
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/writing-writers-grades-4-8
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/writing-writers-grades-1-3



Frequently Asked Questions

Can an entry be submitted by one student?
No. Each entry must be submitted by a group of 3 or more students. This contest was designed to encourage students to work together as a team. Collaborating as a team helps provide a natural environment to practice editing, teamwork, and communication skills.

Does the title page, dedication page, or picture of the group count as part of the 21-29 pages required?
No. Just the story - illustrations and text.

What do you mean by submitting the artwork and text separately?
If your pages have text on or over the illustrations, each must be submitted separately. Mark the back of each page, i.e. page 1 of text goes on page 1 of illustrations. Prepare a mock-up by making a color or black and white copy to show how you want the final product to look.

When are the entries due?
All entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2014 to be eligible for the 2014 Competition.

Do we send in the entry form separate from the entry?
No. Each entry must have an entry form attached to it. The signature of the parent or guardian signature of each student participating in the entry must be submitted. Copies may be made of the entry form.

Does the project coordinator have to be a teacher?
No. A librarian, teacher's aide, or parent can be the project coordinator. The project coordinator assures that the entry adheres to the rules and regulations and that the spelling and grammar are correct. The story and illustrations must be the students' work.

Can the team consist of different grade levels?
Yes.

How many entries can one school send?
There is no limit, but each entry must be done in groups of 3 or more students.

Will I be notified when my entry is received?
Entrants will receive a letter of acknowledgement and a certificate of participation by April 15.

Will I be notified when the winner is selected?
Yes, by May 31 we will announce the winners for the contest by sending a postcard to everyone who has submitted an entry. RESULTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE.

How can I purchase the Kids Are Authors books?
The Kids Are Authors books are $4.99 and can be purchased at a Scholastic Book Fair and online through Storia or from our School Resource Catalog by calling 1-800-799-7323. Some past winners may be out of print.

How can I contact Scholastic Book Fairs if my question is not answered here?
You can call us directly at 1-800-874-4809 ext. 8175 or email us.



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