I went to a conference with Katie Wood Ray this summer...and I learned SO many amazing things that helped me see writing workshop in a new light.
One of my favorite things I learned was that it is super important that your students realize that authors are real people who make books just like them. She taught me to pay CLOSE attention to dedication pages, about the author blurbs, and book jacket information.
I've done that this year (along with letting my kindergarteners listen to lots of author interviews online) and I've been AMAZED at the fact that these kindergarteners know these authors so well, and feel like they are in good company when they are making books during workshop.
SO...last year, I did tons of author studies. I also made these information folders so my students could learn about the authors we were reading about. This year, I re-made them and wanted them to be really kid-friendly. My K babies won't even let me read an author book unless this folder is on the easel!
And the most HILARIOUS part is at the end of a read aloud- my students LITERALLY say,
"Thanks Mo, (Willems) that was a great story." Ha!
The best part is after you study and author and want to "retire" them to a basket, these folders make a great way to label the basket so your kiddos know where to put books when they are done!
So, I thought I'd create some folders for tons of authors that are fun to study. All you need is a file folder!
Love MO and so do my students! Students write their own, very creative stories. We are always looking for the pigeon in the Piggie and Elephant books. Love do this author study only wish there was more included in the packet but MO has lots on his website.
August 10, 2012
August 2, 2012
A great unit for any Mo Willems fan. Thanks so much!
May 6, 2012
It was a good start to my unit, I guess I was looking for something more!
nope, that was it! :) There is a front cover and two pages on the inside of the folder. :)
February 19, 2012
Hello Mrs. Tabb! I purchased your Fairy Tale Unit - wow!! I want to use it for my high ability first graders. When researching fairy tale books to use, I noticed many are at a grade 3 or 4 level with an interest level of K-2. (??) Do you use those books as read-alouds only? What books do you have the firsties read independently? I LOVE all of your activities but am unsure of how to proceed with the books out there. Can you help? I'm very new to teaching firsties (I work with kids in grades 3-8 mostly). Thanks!!
Ok with this unit all the books I used were read aloud during my story time and interactive read alouds with accountable talk. I am a workshop teacher, so they weren't reading these books independently unless they were reading them as a "look book" in their book baggie. In other words, this unit was done during the thematic study part of my day and not during workshop when they were reading just right books. I hope that makes some sort of sense! let me know if I can elaborate more and THANK YOU for you purchase!!! =)