I pulled out a basket, made some room in the classroom underneath some of our writing charts, and had a student design this label for my little authors.
"Read over your books from the last couple weeks. Choose one you think is your best and that others would like to read."
We talked about how we could do a little revisions here and there if needed.
Kids got busy, and quickly the basket filled.
The student I mentioned earlier was dissatisfied with his books and without me knowing, started a new book. He came over to show me each page as he finished, grinning ear to ear "look what I did now." His eagerness and focus today was amazing. He did every step independently because he knows he can do it, he just isn't always motivated, aaah, but that basket. He wanted to have something good in there. We share almost daily, but this was different. It was labeled "our classroom authors." Other kids might choose to read his book during free reading time. There was a little pressure, the positive kind.
The power of an audience. That's what I was reminded of today.(I had really hoped to post his book in this space, however, my pictures only show up sideways, despite my efforts. GRRrrrr).