Get your students excited about reading with these author study writing activities and games! Leverage your students’ love of talking with their friends with these 14 meaningful & interactive “Find Someone Who Has Read” games and comparison contrast writing activities about various authors' books! These make fun opening OR closing activities for any author study—AND they align to Common Core!
$2 each when purchased separately, but grab this bundle to get each author study pack for under $1! GREAT author study bundle for Media Specialists, librarians, and teachers!
Includes the following 14 author study packs:
Aliki Author Study Game & Writing Activities
Byrd Baylor Author Study Game & Writing Activities
Chris Van Allsburg Author Study Game & Writing Activities
Cynthia Rylant Author Study Game & Writing Activities
David Shannon Author Study Game & Writing Activities
Dr. Seuss Author Study Game & Writing Activities
Eric Carle Author Study Game & Writing Activities
Eve Bunting Author Study Game & Writing Activities
Jon Scieszka Author Study Game & Writing Activities
Judy Blume Author Study Game & Writing Activities
Mem Fox Author Study Game & Writing Activities
Patricia Polacco Author Study Game & Writing Activities
Roald Dahl Author Study Game & Writing Activities
Steve Jenkins Author Study Game & Writing Activities
Tomie dePaola Author Study Game & Writing Activities
Copy the Find Someone Who Read Game and the Venn diagram graphic organizer back to back for each student (in color or black/white). Have students move around the classroom and find classmates that read each of the famous books listed on the “Find Someone Who Has Read” activity, asking, “Have you read ____ by (author)?.” You may also encourage students to share opinions about the books they’ve read and persuade their friends to read books they feel are engaging. Students sign the boxes of the books they have read. Challenge students to find a different person to sign each space, but don’t worry if not all spaces get filled in the time allowed. (I find empty spaces motivate my students to independently seek out these “mystery” books! Hehe..sneaky teacher move!). ;-)
One-on-one, students partner up to discuss the books they’ve read. They can use the “Find Someone Who Has Read” page to guide them. Partners choose two books to compare and contrast using the Venn diagram. During this step, my students use a handy Comparing Multiple Texts Bookmark}
to help them compare and contrast text at higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
Finally, students use the comparison/contrast essay writing page to write 2 paragraphs explaining how their author’s books are both similar and different. Students use the comparison and contrast key word example boxes and writing checklist for support. (I may have my writers highlight the must use words and challenge words in different colors, or simply point out the boxes as vocabulary suggestions, depending on their level.) For further differentiation, you may choose to have students complete their paragraphs individually or as partners! Finally, students share their comparison and contrast writing about the author’s books, and motivate their class to check out the books they have yet to read!
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