I - Investigation
I - INVESTIGATION PHASE
1. Research and learn about the important of childhood reading, discuss with your instructor why you want to participate in the project
2. Select your service-learning project from one or more of the four options below:
Option 1. Select a favorite book and read aloud to a group of children.
Option 2. Write a story and read it to others.
Option 3. Illustrate your story and record yourself reading the story for YouTube: Use this form
Option 4. Bring your story to life through "Reader Theater."
3. Determine which age group to read to from the list below
- Ages 0-12 months
- 12 to 24 months
- 24 to 36 months
- 3 to 4 years
- 5-7 years
- 8-10 years
4. Get to know your audience. If you are selecting a book to read or creatively thinking about a book to write you might do some research about the age group you want to tell your story to. Here are some questions to think about:
What do kids that age like to read about?
What words should I use when writing my story?
Are the words too challenging or not challenging enough for the reader?
What colors or images will engage them if I am illustrating my book/story?
What messages are age appropriate for the age group I’ve selected? Determine your “Big Idea” if you decide to Write Your Own Story:
- What do you want to write about?
What do you feel is important to write about?
Who will want to read about this story/subject?
Will you be able to carry out this idea effectively?
P - Planning
P - PLANNING & PREPARATION PHASE
1. Determine roles: (writers, readers, illustrators, tech wizards, performers, etc)
A Bear Power intern developing his book.
2. Develop a project plan
- What will it take to complete the project?
- What are the deadlines?
- Who is responsible for each task?
- When and where will you meet?
3. Create a budget - if needed
4. Secure permissions
- For those on camera
- For use of equipment
- Other permissions and releases as needed
A - Action
A - ACTION PHASE
Create, read, record and serve your identified age group through reading, writing, and performing. Get creative and have fun.
Remember, if you write and record a reading of your story (service-learning project Option 3) you can write a synopsis of the book and reflection questions that parents, educators, or others can use when sharing your story. Then upload your recording to YouTube (school site or your own) and then share the recording, synopsis and reflection questions with us by submitting the form.
An example of a story showing the creation process.
R - Reflection
R - REFLECTION PHASE
Reflect as a class, team, or individual. A few example reflection questions may include:
- What did you learn from this experience?
- What worked well?
- What would you change?
- What did you learn about yourself?
- About others?