Reflection: Unit Planning What is an Author? - Section 2: Introduction


Over my teaching career every time I introduced a book I always mentioned the author and illustrator, pointing out the author writes the books and the illustrator provides the pictures.  This was the first time I dedicated an entire lesson on an author.  Being the first time I taught this lesson, so I was not sure what to expect.

I was not surprised that my students enjoyed learning a little more about Laura Numeroff, she is one of their favorite authors.  What did surprise me was their focus and attention to the recent picture of her I used in the power point I created.  My students were enthralled with her blond hair and blue eyes.  It took them a little discussion time to get past that fact and focus on the other parts of the power point, and story.  At first I was a little confused by their reaction, and then it dawned on me, in most of their immediate family circles and close friend circles the combination of blond hair and blue eyes is rare.  So yes, we did take a little moment to talk about how people are different and the same.

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What is an Author?

Unit 12: Book Study
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: SWBAT identify and make connections to key details in an informational text by asking and answering questions.

Big Idea: Motivate your students to want to read and write by showing them authors are real people.

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