Author/Illustrator Studies

Lessons in Comprehension by Frank Serafini

Why an author/illustrator study?

" an easy way to organize a unit of study with a common thread

How do I get started?

" choose an author who has a large body of work in order to sustain the unit for several weeks " create text sets - multiple copies of various selections " collect more books than you will read aloud and share - it's important that students explore some of the texts on their own " create a feature display in the classroom library " focus on the author's style of writing, genres, illustration techniques, how the publications have evolved over time as well as elements of literature such as character, setting and plot development " create an "anchor chart" to focus the discussion throughout the unit

Impressions - Connections - Wonderings (ICW Chart)


Connections can be either literary, connecting to another book, movie, play, poem, or image, or personal, connecting to one's own life and experiences

Wonderings are questions that we are left with during or after our readings.

** use different colour markers on the ICW chart to indicate the different books read during the author study " gather together any interviews, publishers' promotional materials, newspaper clippings, and article available on the author " decide which book(s) you will read aloud and which books you will invite students to explore on their own " select one cornerstone text that will provide the foundation for the exploration of subsequent books " celebrate your learning as a class with a culminating activity and/or event

Audio Visual Materials

Media Centre Catalogue Online Picture Search - Language Arts Then: 1) Children's Authors 2) Children's Stories 3) Reading Rainbow

Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth Select Catalogue Search - Type in Authors, -Select Subject -, Dot in Keyword, and then below select scope and select Audio Visual Resources. The grade level information shows up in the note of the item. The search can not be limited by grade level, so all items the library has on this subject will show up on the results list.


EbscoHost Professional Collection For access from school or home, ask you school library technician for username and password Features include My EbscoHost, Journal Alert Includes article citations, full text articles and reports

REPORTS include Average Reading Proficiency of Students who read for fun 1994-96; Helping Children Read Well; Percentage of Children by Reading Achievement Level and Grade; Percentage of Writing Scores 1994-96; Reading Overview 1999; Reading Writing Habits of Students Outside School; Writing Anchor Levels.

MAGAZINE ARTICLE CITATIONS include Children's Literature; English Journal; Language Arts; Mailbox Teacher; Mailbox Grades 2-3; Mailbox Intermediate; Mailbox Primary; School Library Media Activities Monthly

FULL TEXT MAGAZINES include Book Links (14 day delay); Booklist (14day delay); Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education (12 month delay); Changing English: Studies in Reading and Culture; Children's Literature in Education (12 month delay); Journal of Research in Reading (12 month); Library Media Connection; Literary Cavalcade and also Teacher's Edition; Primary and Middle Years Educator; Reading Improvement; Reading Online; Reading Teacher (12 month delay); Reading Today; Reading and Writing Quarterly (12 month delay); Teaching PreK-8; Writing and Teacher's Edition

Global Books in Print Accessabke only from Division computers. No password required. Includes access to A to Zoo. This is a subject heading guide to picture books.

TeachingBooks For access from home, ask you school library technician for password

EMAIL - Register **** Quick Search **** Author Programs **** Book Guides **** Book Readings **** Author Websites ****Thematic Book Lists **** Book Awards **** Support

TumbleBook Library Access thorough the Winnipeg Public Library. Select Databases then TumbleBook Library

WorldBook Online For access from home, ask you school library technician for login and password. WorldBook Online now has a kids interface. Click here or from the WorldBook Home Page Select Try Kids Home Page Now. Authors are under Arts and then Authors. On Front Page - Lesson Plan links - Language Arts

Trial Databases

eLibrary (Proquest) eLibrary Canada Curriculums Edition - Special Collection - Literature or at bottom of list Proquest Learning: Literature

EbscoHost Ask your school library technician for username and password. Literary Reference Center Web Interface - Publications Literary Reference Centre Interface

Web Sites

BookMark Central Maintained by the Division's Supervisor of Library/Media Services

Select Subject Area - English Language Arts Elementary. Areas of interest for author studies - Authors -General **** Authors - Specific **** E-Books **** Lesson Plans **** Reading

Boys and Reading is under Subject Area Language Arts - General

School Library Websites There is a link from school home page or school name.

Your own website (First Class Desktop) email name