to make a Diary
- choice of construction
paper, fabric, or any material that would be good for making
a cover for the Diary.
- writing paper
- paper fasteners
- 2-3 inch wide
plastic or masking tape
- hole punch
- Cut two pieces
of cardboard 8 inches by 12 inches. The cardboard will be used
for the cover of your diary. These should be slightly larger
than the pages that will have your entries.
- Cut your choice
of cover material slightly larger than your cardboard covers.
Then glue the material to one side of each cardboard cover.
- Cut a one inch
strip from the left hand side of the front cover. This will allow
the book to fold open. Don't cut the back cover.
- Next lay the
two parts of the front cover beside each other. Leave a 1/4 inch
gap between the two front cover pieces.
- Use wide plastic
or masking tape to connect the 1 inch strip to the front cover.
When you do this, be sure to leave a 1/4 inch gap between the
two pieces. If you forget to leave enough space, your diary won't
- Glue a small
rectangle with a title you select for your diary.
- Punch three
holes in the front and back covers.
- Next, put the
front cover over the pages to be written on. Punch three matching
holes in these lined pages
- Now assemble
the front cover, lined pages, and back cover and insert a paper
fastener through each hole.
- Finally, fold
the front cover back and crease the fold.
***There are several
variations on how to make a book. If you have another method you
think will be sturdy enough for daily class use during the science
fiction unit by all means create your own.
75 Creative Ways to Publish Student's Writing. Scholastic
Inc., 1993. pages 19-20.
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