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Author Study Toolkit

Author Study units give students the opportunity to explore an author’s life and works in depth. Key components include reading selected books, discussion, research, and a final project. Our Author Study Toolkit gives you the step-by-step to create a successful study unit with your students.

An author study is a unit lesson that gives students the opportunity to delve deeply into an author’s life and body of work. 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.

Our Author Study Toolkit will help you create a unit tailored to your instructional goals, as well as your students' interests and abilities. 

What you’ll find in the Author Study Toolkit

  1. 10 reasons to do an author study
  2. How to do an author study
  3. Set a purpose and goals
  4. Choose an author
  5. Read and respond to the books
  6. Research the author
  7. Culminating projects

Get started with your author study!