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Author Study Project

About 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.

Author Study Project

You 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.

The  Project: 

  • Read 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 each book.

  • Write a business letter to the author of your choice requesting information that you may not be able to gather on your own. Due: 

  • Write 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.

    • Synopsis #1 Due: 

    • Synopsis #2 Due: 

    • Synopsis #3 Due: 

  • 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!

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