My Bookmarked Threads My ScrapBook

Home : 2008 : Jul : 10

    author study
    By teach11

    Clip to ScrapBook
    We don't necessarily have "assigned" authors... but generally, we all do an author study on Jerry Spinelli (6th grade) as a class.
    I read aloud Milkweed & Stargirl. The students need to read at least 2 Spinelli books during independent reading and another 2 books in Book Clubs (Literature Circles). As we are all reading the books, we work on class activities for the author study, as follows:

    - we research Jerry Spinelli's life (childhood, education, adulthood, and his life as a writer)
    - we create a timeline of his written works
    - we make a chart of connections we notice between his life & his stories, among the books, characters and such
    - we chart the story elements (characters, setting, plot w/problem & solution, and the theme) of each of the books we read
    - we write summaries of each book read

    I'm not sure if I hit upon everything we do, but I think that's it.

    After we do all that as a class, each student needs to choose a different author to do an independent author study. Same activities, but this time it is on their own rather than as a class. I have to "ok" the author and make sure he/she is acceptable and at the right level. If some students choose the same author, I eventually let them meet to compare notes, but they are not allowed to do the whole project together. I originally thought I would do mini-groups for author studies, but so many of my students had chosen different authors. Maybe next year....

    View the original thread this idea was posted on

Visit our ProTeacher Community

For individual use only. Do not copy, reproduce or transmit.
Copyright 1998-2020 ProTeacher
All rights reserved