this Daily Classroom Special:
The Author Study Project lesson plans were written by Teachers
Network web mentor, Lisa Kihn, a math and language arts teacher at Nevin
Platt Middle School in Boulder, Colorado. Lisa believes in project based
learning and curriculum integration to actively involve students in
their learning process. If you have questions or suggestions please
feel free to e-mail Lisa.
will be investigating the works and life of an author of your choice.
In addition to reading three books, you will be writing a business
letter; three synopses; a paper, “About the Author”; a paper evaluating
the author’s style, and a list of the author’s books. The final project
must be a display that includes all of the information you have gathered.
Below is a list describing each aspect of this project.
three books by an author of your choice. (You must use books that
you have not read.) You will have approximately two weeks to read
a business letter to the author of your choice requesting information
that you may not be able to gather on your own. Due:
a one-page synopsis of each of your three books that you will include
with your final project. These synopses will need to be turned in
every two weeks.
- Find interesting
information about your author to share in your final project. Write
this up in a one-page paper entitled “About the Author.” Due:
- List the titles
of all the books written by your author. Include copyright dates.
Due with the final project.
- Write a one-page
observation/reflection about your author’s style and work. We will
discuss this in class. Due:
Final project will
be graded on: spelling/mechanics, organization, completeness, content,
and style of presentation. Make your poster well organized and artistic!