All About Adolescent Literacy

All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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American Born Chinese by Gene Yang
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Deborah Hopkinson
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
Jacqueline Woodson
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Jane Austen
William Shakespeare
Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis
Neal Shusterman
Pieces of Georgia by Jen Bryant
M.T. Anderson
Christopher Paul Curtis

The Author Study Toolkit

An author study is a unit lesson that gives students the opportunity to delve deeply into an author's life and body of work. Whether individually, in small groups, or as a class, students can:

  • Critically evaluate an author's themes, characters, and writing style
  • Make connections between the author's life and work
  • Make personal connections between their own experiences and those of the author and his/her characters

In addition to reading several works by an author, key components of an author study include discussion, research, and a final project.

The Author Study Toolkit will help you create a unit tailored to your instructional goals, as well as your students' interests and abilities. We suggest that you begin with How to do an author study, which includes a helpful checklist to get you started.