Course DescriptionIn depth studies of children’s authors and illustrators are useful tools in the classroom. A study of an author’s life and works can teach critical thinking, research skills and making connections. In this course, you will learn how to develop an author study unit that will enhance your current reading program, have fun learning about the writers and illustrators of quality literature, and how to share their books with children. You will also gain knowledge of outstanding websites that will help in researching authors and creating a final project. K-8
Learner OutcomesParticipants will:
- Learn how to select the best authors and illustrators to study and decide on a plan of how to present these studies.
- Build critical thinking skills by comparing and contrasting books from the same author.
- Learn strategies to incorporate author studies into existing curriculum.
- Establish a community of readers through shared experiences.
- Learn about the lives of authors and illustrators who have affected children through their writing and art.
- Discover the best recent picture book authors and illustrators and how to use their books creatively with students.
- Learn techniques of how to enhance literacy skills through research.
- Find out how the Internet can be a valuable resource in learning about children's books and their authors.
- Gain knowledge of the outstanding range of Web sites that provide information for author studies.
NotesThis course can be taken for 1-5 credits, please check section information to register for the appropriate section.
Thank you so much for making this course relaxed fun and enjoyable while at the same time very educational and informational! I enjoyed reading your responses to my submitted assignments and liked the feedback. I can't expressed enough how much I truly enjoyed this course.
---4th grade teacher, West Linn
This class has been enjoyable, educational, and applicable. I found great joy in being able to personalize my assignments to meet the needs of my preschool curriculum for next year. I have been introduced to new online resources for gaining information about authors and for assisting in building curriculum for author and illustrator studies. I learned new information about familiar authors and met some new authors along the way. Every assignment will be applied to next year's curriculum in some way, and that fact will bring me back to the TINT program again.
---Pre-school teacher, Sherwood
Thank you for your feedback and kind words about my work! I have always appreciated how you take the time to comment on everything that I submit. It's always so nice to know that what I've worked hard to write was actually read!
---1st grade teacher, Lincoln City