Planning and producing your Anzac commemoration book

What are the steps for planning and publishing your Centenary Books?

This project is about providing students with the opportunity to capture own perspective of the Anzac commemorations, and bringing the works of a class together in a digital book.Each student contributes a single page to the book: a drawing, photo, text, or combination.

It is entirely up to you how you structure it, but we’ve provided some specific projects to inspire.

Step 1: What’s your project?

What type of project would appeal to the class?  How might it fit with the history curriculum?  Projects are suggested for each year levels 2,3,and 6. The first step is simply choosing the style of project.  Further details with task sheets are provided for each project type:

  • Memorial Project: Many of the local memorials have already been standing a hundred years. Do you notice them more now because of the centenary? What impression do they give? What might change around the memorial? Are the names familiar? Are there many? What might you right on a memorial inscription? What might student design as their own way of expressing  Anzac commemoration. there are extensive examples to draw from.
  • Letter Project: students write letters on paper or electronically, and these are combined into a class book. There might write to an unknown soldier, a relative who served in WW1, to a student at the school 100 years from now.  thank-you letters are also an option if student have attended a museum or an event. There are many ways a letter might express an experience or event.
  • Custom Project: a custom project of your choosing where students contribute a piece – artwork, peoem, narrative, short story relating to the period of commemoration. You might consider an Object Project where students choose an object from World War 1. It might be an object seen in a museum, or medals/memorabilia kept int he family.  What story might it tell? Why does it look the way it does? What was it used for? Are they still used?

Step 2: Choose your media

What type of media will students be creating for the book?

  • Paper based drawings and text
  • Digitally produced text and images
  • Voice overs
  • Video
  • Digital stories

 Step 3: Choose your project approach

Decide on the project organisation: will it be a class, team or individual project?

Class Book project

Class projects are ideal for assembling individual or team contributions and can take many forms. This step is where you plan who the contributions will be by,and how it might be organised.

Individual or Team Contributions?

Will the students be working individually in teams to contribute to the book?  Individual works are ideal for working on a single page, or a pair of facing pages. Whatever the project, individual pages are great for students creating individual artworks: a drawing, a poem, illustrated picture, a reflection, a story, a letter, a photo story.

Working in teams provides the opportunity for students to create a collaborative work, combining their individual talents, and exercise  their organization skills.  A team could work on 2 or more pages or even a chapter of the book to produce a story, photo layouts or include some video contents. A team could also be given the job of cover pages.

Book Chapters

Will your book require chapters? Will the chapters be planned or created as part of the compilation process as a student activity to organize their work?

Book chapters are an ideal way for teams of students to contribute a number of pages as a group. Themes  can either be decided by the students, or set themes  planned by the teacher and allocated directly or by a ‘lucky dip’. As a starting point, themes are suggested for each project type.

Individual Books

Although we recommend this as a class project to create an archive, depending on the age and skills of students, individual students or teams could create their own books by following the instructions for a class book project.

Step 3 Decide the Subject or Theme

Start with a working title for the project, keeping in mind that the actual book produced may end up with a different name. Here are some suggestions:

Memorial Projects: ‘My memorial’ or  ‘Memorial Design’ or ‘Remembrance’ etc

Letter Projects: ‘Unknown soldier letters’, Ancester Letters’ Timecapsule letters’, 22C letters,  etc

Object Projects: ‘Anzac object’, ‘Anzac symbols’, ‘Museum object’

Custom projects: … ‘Anzac commemoration’

Step 4 Create the book

Now its time to get it happening.  Download these task instructions, and get the students busy on creating their page for the book!

Step 5 Assemble and Collate

Assemble the book.  Create a print copy and or a PDF copy to publish online. Here are some steps:

  • The first step to creating the book is to scan the students work and insert the images in the book. You might like to print the pages out and lay them out on the floor to decide an order.  The other option is on screen. This could happen in class, depending on the group.
  • If you are creating a digital book, the Book Creator is a great tool to use, for a digital copy, but you may have your chosen tool.
  • The book can also just be created on paper – either using original pages by students or scanned images. These can be slipped into a display book and a special cover made.
  • Decide on a name for the book, e.g. ‘My Memorial Book’.
  • Create the additional pages of the book – Front cover, and back cover. You might also like to add dedication page, and a contents page, acknowledgements, and end page. Different pages can be allocated to different student teams.

The following are suggestions:

  • Acknowledgement team: Write a paragraph thanking people who helped make the book.
    ‘This book is produced by Class __, at ____________________ School. We thank everyone who has helped make this book: Our teacher, _____________, the students of the class, and the Mudgeeraba Light Horse Museum. (is there anyone else? ) Once you have written or typed your dedication, you might like to decorate the page.
  • Dedication team: Write a dedication for the book – just one or two sentences:
    ‘We dedicate this book to: ______________ (Anzacs past an present, their families, all those who helped them, the animals who served ),,,anyone else you can think of?’
    ‘We thank you for _________’ (all you gave, your dedication, your courage,) … anything else?
    Once you have written or typed your dedication, you might like to decorate the page.
  • Front Cover team: Create a title page – this cold be done as a class. Choose an image to go on the cover – the simplest way is to select one of the student’s images, or perhaps create a collage. Remember to include: the title of the book; the School Name and crest, The teachers Name; the Class; and the year.
  • Contents Page: List the students names in order they appear in the book – first names only. One way is to cut and paste a class list. When you are done, you can decorate the page.
  • ‘The End’ page team: Write ‘The End’ on a page and decorate the page.
  • Back Cover team: What might go on the back page?

Step 6 Publish

The way you publish depends on your goals for the book, and how you would like to share it with others, and school policies around the channels available.Are you putting it in the school archives? Will it be part of a library display? Might it be shared electronically?

There are three formats you might consider:

  • a printed copy – best for long term archiving, for paper based displays
  • a PDF copy, for general mailing and reproducing, sharing on a website or digital displays
  • an epub file – an ebub file allows you to view in iBooks  or publish as a book in to ibooks.

The museum would love to see what you produced. Send a link or a hard copy to the Mudgeeraba Light Horse – there museum would love to see your work.  Email a link to or post to the museum.