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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! Author!

This language 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

  • Read three books by an author of your choice. These must be books you have not read before. Be sure your author has written three books.

  • Write a 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.

  • Write a short synopsis of each of the books you read.

  • Find biographical information about your author to write a one-page essay for your final project. The library or Internet are useful resources (especially Scholastic.com).

  • List the titles of books written by your author.

  • Write a one-page observation of your author’s style and work. We will discuss this in class.

  • Present 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 it.

The final project is due __________________________ . (Check calendar for additional deadlines.)

__________________________________ _________________________________
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