Author Study Inquiry Unit

By: Christine Dixon and Audra Houtchens

Do you have a favorite book series or favorite author? Have you ever wondered WHY you love the books and/or the author so much? There is nothing better than reading a book and not wanting to put it down! Have you ever thought about WHY you are hooked? Was it the characters in the book or series? Was it how the author brought the story to life?

In this Inquiry Unit, our goal is to uncover the patterns that can be found in an author's books and to get to know the brilliant writers who wrote them.

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Author Study #1: Eric Carle

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Step 1: Exploring Eric Carle's Books: Can You Find Common Themes and/or Patterns?

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Step 3: About the Author: Can You Find Connections Between Eric Carle and Books?

Children's Book Author Eric Carle: My Generation | AARP

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Author Study #2: Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)

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Step 5: Exploring Dr. Seuss' Books: Can You Find Common Themes and/or Patterns?

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Step 7: About the Author: Can You Find Connections Between Dr. Seuss and his Books?

Mini Bio: Dr. Seuss

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Author Study: Favorite Authors

Think of some of the favorite book series you've read. Can you find common themes and/or patterns in the following:
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Step 9: Choose an Author You Want to Research for Your Author Study Inquiry Project

Requirements:

  • You must be familiar with at least 3 of this author's books (if chapter books, you've read them all recently)
  • You must truly ENJOY this author's books and WANT to learn more about him/her
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You May Now Begin Your Research! Go to Author Study Google Classroom, Click on your Inquiry Doc, and Dive In! Have Fun!