Author Study Teachers Guide
Tips and resources for conducting an author study in your classroom
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
An author study is an excellent way to investigate and celebrate the work of a writer. One of the best ways to "meet an author" is through his or her books. As students read the books or listen to them on tape, encourage them to note the different genres that an author works in and to examine the copyright dates as a way of delineating the path of an author's career.
To launch an author study, you might:
- Display a selection of an author's work.
- List interesting facts about an author on a poster pad.
- Assign one of the author's books as independent or group reading, or read one book aloud to the class.
- Ask students to read one or more other books by the author so they can compare themes, settings, characters, plots, and styles.
- Follow up with discussions and activities to promote comprehension and appreciation of the author's work.
- You might assign groups of students to monitor different aspects of the author's work. For example, one group might investigate the picture books while another group might explore books for older readers. Encourage students to make comparisons among the author's different books.
Start your author study by reading a short biography of the author and choosing some of his or her books to read — some of which feature free teaching resources such as booktalks, discussion guides, and extension activites.
Additional Author Resources
Enrich your future author studies by taking advantage of our collection of biographies and interviews with the best-loved authors in children's literature.