What is an author study?
Good readers and writers use a variety of authors to help mentor their work. By studying one author for a longer period of time, we can gain insight into how that author gathers ideas, styles their writing, and in turn, become better writers.
Explain to students that this week they will be focusing on a famous author, Jane Yolen. She has written many books throughout her life, some serious, some silly. We are going to explore a few of her books this week.
Read, How do Dinosaurs Eat their Food? by Jane Yolen. Follow the plans for this book series. The study of these texts/writing styles should take 1-3 days.
Use the Owl Moon guide to teach the good vocabulary and sensory words in the text. Teach the students to use Jane Yolen as mentor texts to help them write more vividly, using adjectives, similes, figurative language, and sound words.
Focus on the fact that this text is more serious than the others. Students can use Owl Moon to help them in their own writing and use figurative language.
Use the Not All Princesses Dress in Pink study to help teach rhyming words in a text. How can you as a writer use this in your own writing?