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.
Testimonials“I appreciate the opportunity to take a closer look at children's literature and appreciate the authors and illustrators that created them.” —TINT Student
“There is nothing more exciting to me than viewing new books from new authors that can supplement my curriculum and enhance the joy of reading with my children.” —TINT Student
“It was really fun and I enjoyed creating things that I can and will use in my own classroom.” —TINT Student