Discover Fun Collaborative Writing Projects

Write books with other students around the world!

Students learn what it's like to grow up in each other’s country, providing an authentic, cross-cultural experience. They can write their collaborative books using a language that is common among the teachers and students. For example, an American student learning Spanish could be paired up with a student from Mexico learning English.

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Students work in groups. Like popcorn popping and bouncing around, a student starts a summary or narrative and then hands it off to another student to continue. Frequent changing of hands allows for fun and surprising shifts in the story and more complete information in a summary. This continues until the summary or narrative is complete.
Examples:
  • Tall Tales
  • Fractured Fairy Tales
  • Fables
  • Human Body Systems
  • Historical Fiction
 
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Divide and conquer with jigsaw research. Break up those bulky research projects into smaller sections. Each student is responsible for being an expert of a different subtopic - researching, drafting, publishing, and teaching their peers. By the end, students contribute their learnings to a final group book and are knowledgeable about an entire topic.
Examples:
  • State Reports
  • Animal Reports
  • 13 Colonies
  • Presidents / World Leaders
  • Ancient Civilizations
  • States of Matter
  • Human Body Systems
 
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This project provides a fun and engaging review opportunity and is flexible for any topic or subject. Working with a partner, one student writes a summary or narrative about what they've learned and then passes it to their partner who illustrates it. Students alternate writing and illustrating, reviewing content and solidifying learning as they go.
Examples:
  • Lesson Reviews
  • Book Reports
  • Check for Understanding
  • Figurative Language
 
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In this collaborative "mindhive" activity, students contribute their unique experiences, knowledge, and insight, helping to build a more complete picture of a given subject or their previous learning.
Examples:
  • Map My Community
  • Analyze a character, symbol, or theme of a book
 
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A pen pal from another time and place! At the culmination of each lesson within a topic, each student becomes a character from that time and place, develops a voice and back story, and writes to their pen pal (in a different classroom) describing key events and the impact on their life. Pen pals respond back and forth, considering different perspectives, until the unit is complete in this creative way to summarize learning and empathize with others.
Examples:
  • American Revolution: Colonist and British Soldier
  • Early Exploration: Natives and Explorers
  • Missions: Native Americans and Spaniards
  • Civil War: Northerner and Southerner
 
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Memory tricks and visual cues are a great way to retain information. Students identify the key learnings from a recent lesson and draw a visual image, comic, mneumonic, etc... to help remember them later. Students upload their drawings to a shared class book, allowing all students to use this collaborative book as a study aid and review tool.
Examples:
  • Grammar / spelling tricks
  • Science sketchbooks
  • Causes of key historical events
 
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Multiple classrooms contribute to this grade-level collaborative yearbook, ensuring no special memory is overlooked. Students add their thoughts, memories, and pictures from the school year for various categories (Favorite Lesson, Best Field Trip, Best Class Moment, etc). As each classroom adds their content to the grade-level yearbook, students get a more complete representation of the year.
Examples:
  • Grade-level yearbook
  • Field Trip Report
 
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Online diary entries, written from the perspective of a person at a specific time in history, is the perfect way for students to understand, internalize, and summarize their learning. Students have the opportunity to empathize and develop a voice and identity for their character as they keep this diary throughout the project. They can bring their historical character to life by adding their voice to their online diary.
Examples:
  • Colonist's Diary
  • Native American's Diary
  • Ancient Egyptian's Diary
  • Slave's Diary
  • President's Diary
 
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Students work in groups of 2. Given a topic, each partner independently writes a 9 line poem. Then each group works together to create one poem incorporating all 18 lines from the partners' poems. Finally, narrate the poems online with a focus on fluency and expression.
Examples:
  • Freedom
  • Love
  • Happiness
  • Fear
 
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Present the pros and cons of an issue, side by side. Working with a partner and using a two page spread, one student presents their argument and the other student presents their counter argument on the opposite page. This continues until all arguments and counter arguments have been made. Students now have a more visual way to see both sides of a given issue.
Examples:
  • Drones: Fun or Dangerous?
  • Protect the Redwoods
 
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