Looking for a way for your students to discover facts about some of the famous authors throughout history? Here is a way your students can discover these historic figures in the field of literature that allows them to find out some basic facts, but also allows them to identify what they think is important about each person. Each trading card has the same format and allows students to gather a very brief snapshot of who these people were and what they wrote that had an impact on the world. Decide how many you'd like students to complete and make a mini-research project out of it. Kids really enjoy this format!
This file is in .pdf format and can be printed on standard 8.5x11 inch paper. Each trading card is on a half sheet of paper and will need to be cut out by students to write on and fold to make into front/back trading cards.
For each person students will identify the following:
Date of Birth
Date of Death
Contribution to Literature
There isn't a lot of room for students to write so they'll have to be brief and to the point, thus contributing to the brief snapshot of each person's life.
Each trading card is set up to be folded into a front and a back and could be stapled together or left unfolded to see both sides at once. Included on each front side is a picture of the person and their name just like you see on the cover page.
The works these authors are noted for are also listed here, but are not included on the trading cards. That information is for the students to discover while researching.
The famous authors for this activity are:
1. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
2. Arthur Miller: Death of a Salesman/The Crucible
3. Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities/Great Expectations
4. Edgar Allen Poe: The Raven/Tell-Tale Heart
5. Emile Bronte: Weathering Heights
6. Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea
7. F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
8. Frederick Douglass: The Narrative of Frederick Douglass
9. Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Crime and Punishment
10. George Orwell: 1984
11. Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird
12. Henry David Thoreau: Walden/Civil Disobedience
13. Homer: The Iliad and The Odyssey
14. Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
15. John Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men
16. Kurt Vonnegut: Cat’s Cradle
17. Louisa May Alcott: Little Women
18. Mark Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
19. Mary Shelly: Frankenstein
20. Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
21. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: Don Quixote
22. Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter
23. Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451
24. Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot
25. Solomon Northup: Twelve Years a Slave
26. Sophocles: Oedipus Rex
27. Stephen Crane: The Red Badge of Courage
28. Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire
29. Thornton Wilder: Our Town
30. Upton Sinclair: The Jungle
31. Virginia Wolfe: To The Lighthouse
32. William Shakespeare: Hamlet/Romeo & Juliet/Othello
This could work great as a Social Studies activity or as an English activity!
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