December 16, 2013 @ 6:01 PM

Last year, when my colleague and I told our seventh graders that we would be starting another writing project, we endured the groans for a few seconds and then turned those groans into cheers. We told them that for this assignment, they would work together in teams, and they would be entering a contest! 

Scholastic holds an annual competition called Kids are Authors. In teams of at least three, students write and illustrate their own children's book.   We knew there would be several steps to take to churn out polished picture books from our seventh graders, and we were aware that it would take some time.    We began the work in October. 

First, ......

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