Lesson 2: Create a Picture Book (Grades 12)
Using the Community Club stories as models, students create their
own Community Worker picture books by reading about and interviewing
a worker in their neighborhood.
- Learn about a community worker from books and Web sites
- Generate interview questions
- Interview a community worker
- Create a book map
- Tell a story in pictures and words
- Share stories with classmates
- Bookmark Community Club home page
on one or more computers in your classroom
- Display selected books (see Recommended
- optional: Print out and make several copies of the Student Writing Page (PDF) for the picture books. You'll want each student to have about 3-4 pages for their book planning or publishing.
- NOTE: If students have limited access to computers, print
selected Community Club pages for students to read offline and
make transparency copies to post on an overhead projector.
Step 1: Introduce the lesson by telling student they will
write and illustrate a short picture book about a worker in their
community using the online samples as models. Explain that they
will interview the worker to find out more about him or her.
Step 2: Have students share what they know about interviews.
Have they seen a favorite celebrity interviewed on TV? Have you
read Q&A interviews in class?
Step 3: To help students decide which worker to interview
and write about, invite them to browse books about community workers
displayed in your classroom. Have them also review Web links in
Additional Resources about various
Step 4: Have students check with you to approve their choice
of community worker. Once you’ve approved their choice,
send home a note to parents explaining the assignment, and asking
for their help setting up a brief interview with the worker.
Step 1: As a class, review some of the Community
Club stories. Then ask students what they’ve learned
about the workers in the stories. For example, they now know the
name of the person’s job, what the job involves, how they
do their job, etc.
Step 2: Next, help students prepare for their interviews
by brainstorming questions to ask the community worker. Ideas
- What is your job?
- How do you help people in the community?
- What do you like best about your job?
- What do you like least about your job?
Jot all their ideas on chart paper. Have students copy the questions
in their notebooks and add any others they might want to ask
Step 3: Explain to students how to prepare for and behave
during their interviews. Encourage them to dress nicely, be on
time, and to listen carefully to everything the worker tells them.
Tell them that they can ask the worker to clarify anything they
don’t understand. Remind them to bring their questions,
a notebook, and several pencils. Suggest that they also bring a
tape recorder and tape to record the interview. Explain that this
will allow them to review the interview later for anything they
may have missed.
Step 4: Students interview workers before or after school
with a parent or caregiver assisting them.
Step 1: Students review their interview notes, adding anything
they may have missed by listening to the recording.
Step 2: Have students review the Community
Club stories as models for their own writing. You may want
to print out the pages for students to look at offline.
Step 3: Next, help students create book maps for their
stories by taking notes about what to write on each page. For
example, on page 1 they may want to write what the person’s
job is and where she or he works (e.g., Ms. Smith is a mail carrier.
She works in New York City). Encourage them also to decide what
they want to draw on each page to go with the words. Instruct
students to include no more than two sentences on each page.
Try using the Student Writing Page (PDF) as a guide for your students' picture book pages.
Step 1: Allow time for students to write and illustrate
their stories using their notes to guide them.
Step 2: Wrap up the lesson by having students read aloud
their picture books to the class. Then put them on display with
the other community worker books.
Assessment & Evaluation
Use this rubric
to assess students' proficiency with this activity. Evaluate whether
students' skills are improving or where they may need additional
support or instruction.
- Challenge students to write a multiple choice quiz about
their Community Worker story using the Community Club story
quizzes as a model. Then have students take each others’
- Have students create a badge representing something about
the worker they interviewed. If possible, have student get the
worker they interviewed to sign the badge. Then have students
make copies of the badge to give to the class.
- Encourage students to invite the workers they interviewed
to come in and speak to the class about their jobs.
- Using a Venn
diagram, have pairs of students compare and contrast the
workers they interviewed and wrote about.