Multiple classes take turns writing a story. The first class writes the opening paragraph(s). When done, the first class' teacher sends an email to the next class in line. The second class reads the opening and continues the story with one or more paragraphs. This continues until the last class writes the closing paragraph and gives the story a title. After writing, students draw illustrations that the teacher adds to the story. The illustrations can be drawn using computer software or paper and drawing tools like colored pencils, markers, and crayons. Photos are taken of physical drawings and added to the wiki. All story writing is done on the wiki. School technology integration specialists can assist you, as needed. You will receive a guest username and password for editing OR use your own free Wikispaces id.
The first RCAN Stories project was in the 2015-2016 school year. Eight stories were written by 35 different classrooms in 18 schools. Half of the projects were led by classroom teachers and half were led by technology integration specialists. In the 2016-2017 school year, ten stories were written by 45 different classrooms in 26 schools.
It is a very easy project to begin and complete with your students.
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Register for the 2017-2018 Project
Registration for the 2017-2018 project is closed. The project is now underway. Click HERE to subscribe to an email list to learn about new collaborative projects for the 2017-2018 school year.