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
arts project was designed to familiarize middle school students with
one particular children’s author. While reading and analyzing the works
of one author, students learn about literary style, genre, and theme.
Author Study Project
books by an author of your choice. These must be books you have
not read before. Be sure your author has written three books.
letter to your author or to the author’s publisher requesting information
about the author to be used for your final project. Use the correct
business letter format. You need to include a stamped self-addressed
envelope enclosed with your letter.
short synopsis of each of the books you read.
information about your author to write a one-page essay for your
final project. The library or Internet are useful resources (especially
titles of books written by your author.
one-page observation of your author’s style and work. We will discuss
this in class.
you final project.
Contract for Author’s Study
The author I have selected for my author study is _______________________________.
I understand that I need to read at least three books I haven’t read
before by this author and must complete the final project related to
The final project is due __________________________ . (Check calendar
for additional deadlines.)
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