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    By Rebecca

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    I too do author studies and my students LOVE them! I do one each grading period. Some that I love are Patricia Polacco, Steven Kellogg, Jan Brett, Marc Brown, Eric Carle, Peggy Parish, Kevin Henkes, Mem Fox, Beverly Cleary. We study their biography, map where they were born, lived, etc. We usually get into small groups and each take a book, read it, and present it. We present in many ways. Some of which are skits, posters, cereal box ads, awards, floats, etc. The kids love this and they get to see many books by the author which sparks an interest to read those books. They get so excited when they spot the authors in the library! We make booklets for each author, visit their websites, gather info on the computer. These are always a favorite of my students. They hate waiting until the next grading period to do the next one. When I have brothers or sisters of former students, they ask are we going to get to do that too this year? I hope you will give author studies a try. I think your students will love it too! Good Luck!

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