ALEX Lesson Plan


Author Study

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Author:Kerri Woods
System: Shelby County
School: Elvin Hill Elementary School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 15482


Author Study


During this lesson, students will learn more about their favorite authors by researching them on the Internet and presenting to the class, school, and community. Students will see that authors are real people thereby developing an appreciation for reading and writing.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 3-5
1 ) Use input and output devices of technology systems.

Examples: input—recording devices, keyboards, touchscreens

-  output—printers

•  Demonstrating ergonomics relative to technology systems
•  Demonstrating correct keyboarding techniques
•  Demonstrating safe removal of storage media
Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 3-5
2 ) Use various technology applications, including word processing and multimedia software.

•  Using navigational features commonly found in technology applications
•  Identifying digital file types
Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 3-5
4 ) Identify various operating systems of technology devices.

Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 3-5
5 ) Practice safe use of technology systems and applications.

Examples: protecting personal information online, avoiding inappropriate sites, exiting inappropriate sites

Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 3-5
6 ) Describe social and ethical behaviors related to technology use.

Examples: social—developing positive attitudes for using technology collaboratively

-  ethical—citing sources of text and digital content, avoiding plagiarism, avoiding manipulation of others' work without permission

•  Describing the global nature of the Internet
•  Following local acceptable-use policies regarding technology
•  Identifying intrusive applications, including worms, viruses, spyware, and pop-up advertisements
Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 3-5
8 ) Collect information from a variety of digital sources.

Examples: online libraries, multimedia dictionaries

•  Using technology tools to organize information
•  Demonstrating efficient Internet search strategies
Example: keyword search

•  Evaluating electronic resources for reliability based on publication date, bias, accuracy, and source credibility
Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 3-5
10 ) Use digital environments to collaborate and communicate.

Examples: publishing online journals, sharing presentations, contributing to online discussions, communicating with experts

•  Producing digital works collaboratively
Examples: developing shared writing projects and group multimedia projects

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 4
9 ) By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the Grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. [RL.4.10]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 4
23 ) Write informative or explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. [W.4.2]

a. Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. [W.4.2a]

b. Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic. [W.4.2b]

c. Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because). [W.4.2c]

d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic. [W.4.2d]

e. Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented. [W.4.2e]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 4
27 ) With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting. [W.4.6]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 4
35 ) Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace. [SL.4.4]

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will research facts about an author of their choice. Students will create a bookmark promoting author awareness which includes researched information.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

Greater than 120 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Access to library materials, book report form (see attached)

Technology Resources Needed:

Computers with Internet access, desktop publishing software


Bookmark the Alabama Virtual Library and The Children's Literature Web Guide for easy access for students. Teach students how to do a book report using a book report template or written summary (see link in Step 5) for ideas.

1.)Tell students they are going to do research on their favorite authors. Have students brainstorm a list of their favorite authors and then select one for this project. Then have students brainstorm a list of questions to research about the author. Select a minimum of 5 questions to answer through research. Record the questions on a Smartboard, if available, and print them out for students to use while doing research.

2.)Give each student a KWL chart (see attached). Have them complete the first two sections of the chart. Review these as a class.

3.)Allow students time to collect author information using the Internet. (The teacher may need to help by suggesting appropriate search engines and keywords depending upon previous student experience searching the Internet.) Instruct students to find and save a picture of the author to be used on the bookmark (see attached for instructions, if needed). Help students to properly cite resources they use. Citation Maker is helpful for this. Have students find and compare at least two biographies of the author to help make a list of facts about the author on the bookmark. Have students find a list of books by the author to compare to books that can be checked out in the school or local library and place on the bookmark.
(Scholastic: Authors and Books)
Find interviews, biographies, and book lists on favorite authors and illustrators.

4.)Once students have collected the information about their author, have them use the attached template to make a bookmark that features the selected author.
Instructions for creating the bookmark:
Place the author's photograph at the top.
Type 5 facts about the author.
Create a book list of 5-10 books.
Print and distribute the bookmarks to places around the community. Parent volunteers can offer to take bookmarks to their places of business or take them around the community to leave in doctors' offices, gas stations, etc.

5.)After students complete the bookmarks, have them read at least two books written by the author and give a book report on one. Give each student a book report form to use. After the book reports are complete, have students present their book reports to the class.
(Book Reports)
Teacher or students can search this site to find a creative way to present a book report. (Scroll down the page and click Book Reports)

6.)After the book reports are complete, have students complete the KWL charts about their authors and turn them in.

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Assessment Strategies

The teacher will check the completed KWL charts for accuracy. The book reports and bookmarks will be checked to see if students met all of the requirements.


Students could create an author display for the classroom or library, write a letter or e-mail the author, and/or give book talks to other classrooms to promote author awareness.



Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.