What a great idea!
Here are some ReadWriteThink lessons that may help to give you some ideas:
Best of luck! We'd love to hear how it goes if you use or modify any of these lessons.
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Here are some additional possibilities from ReadWriteThink:
Creative Problem-Solving with Ezra Jack Keats -- each day of this lesson, students listen as the teacher reads a different picture book by Ezra Jack Keats. Following the story, class discussion focuses on the problem that the main character faces and the related solution that the character chooses.
"Sound and Sense in Children's Picturebooks" -- explores (from the point of view of the writer, a children's author) one aspect of learning about language that is present in the picture books he writes: the relation between sound and sense.
Jane Yolen was born in 1939. -- after students read one of Yolen's books, have them retell the story in the form of a puppet show. Students can then research animals in the book and document their findings with the Animal Study interactive tool.
I would also encourage you to look at some of the student interactives to help students with reading listed at this website: http://www.readwritethink.org/search/?grade=9&resource_type=16&sort_order=alpha You may find some ideas for activities to incorporate into your author study unit.
Please share what you decide to use and how well the lesson worked with your students.
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I would also suggest looking at the ReadWriteThink.org calendar (http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/) There are tons of authors represented there too!
One of my favorite author studies is Kevin Henske. He writes funny stories in which students can relate. A little mouse Lilly shares how she really feels about her new baby brother Julius in “Julius the Baby of the World”. Then there is “Chester” who always wants his way.
I had a difficult time locating a one stop place for authors, so I created my own wiki today. I plan on updating it and using it with all of my prek-5th grade students from now on!!! Keep checking back this week for updates as I collaborate with teachers on what they need on it for their students.
AUTHORS WE LOVE WIKI: http://authorswelove.wikispaces.com/
You can also check out my professonal blog and follow me here: www.lindseymccarter.com
I hope you find my resources helpful.
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