Tomie dePaola Author Study

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Linda Kamp
Grade Levels
1st - 3rd, Homeschool
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Tomie dePaola is such a great author to study! I love the variety of books that we can delve into to study his style. This resource adds so much to our studies of such great books.
My students loved using these worksheets after reading some of our Tomie de Paola stories! They are perfect to extend learning.


Tomie dePaola: author study: author studies: Little Grunt and the Big Egg: Tony's Bread: The Art Lesson: Strega Nona

Tomie dePaola books are a teacher's dream for effective lessons on comprehension skills, story structure, problem/solution, author's viewpoint, cause and effect, comparing and analyzing story elements and character traits, as well as lending themselves to endless writing opportunities. This Tomie dePaola author study is loaded with high interest lesson plans and fun activities for getting your students reading, writing, and most of all thinking!

Included are 4 printable/projectable anchor charts, 5 different class chart ideas including chart parts, graphic organizers, printables, vocabulary work and a Meet the Author mini research page. In addition to over 20 student response activities it includes a culminating author study folder with cover art and pocket labels which makes the perfect presentation for an open house! Use this unit as a 3-4 week author study or pick and choose from the books and activities throughout the year. I've included lots of teacher support and detailed lesson notes, a book and activities pacing and correlation guide, and photos of my own class anchor charts to support the teaching of the skills. If you use Houghton Mifflin Reading for 2nd grade, all of the Tomie dePaola books in that series are included in this author study.

Please download the 4 page preview to see all of the activities and details.
The activities and skills are based on the following books:
The Art Lesson
Little Grunt and the Big Egg
Tony's Bread
Strega Nona
Strega Nona Meets Her Match
Strega Nona Takes a Vacation
Big Anthony His Story
Strega Nona Her Story
Strega Nona's Magic Lessons
Big Anthony and the Magic Ring
(Many of the Strega Nona activities can be used with any Strega Nona book you have available)

Activities included:
Meet Tomie dePaola print or project lesson visual
Author research student page with clickable link

The Art Lesson
Author's Viewpoint anchor chart example and chart parts
Author's Viewpoint print or project lesson visual
Think Like An Author writing craft
Gallery of Characters mini-art gallery and character traits craft
The Art Lesson Fact or Opinion sort
I Remember text-to-self writing activity

The Strega Nona Series
Strega Nona Graphic organizers:
What is a Strega? circle map
Describe Strega Nona bubble map
Strega Nona's Kitchen setting brace map
Describe Big Anthony bubble map
Comparing His Story and Her Story chart
Forming Analogies with Story Patterns bridge map
Comparing characters double bubble map
Cause & Effect anchor chart/lesson visual
Big Anthony's Antics! cause & effect tri-fold brochure activity
Italian Words class anchor chart example
Italian Dictionary flip book
Greetings from Strega Nona post card writing activity
Who's Who? character trait sort
Don't Forget! Writing craft

Little Grunt and the Big Egg
Drawing Conclusions class anchor chart
Visualizing anchor chart example with chart parts
Visualize a Volcano! words that help the reader "see" and "feel" an erupting volcano
Prehistoric Problem/Solution anchor chart example with chart parts
Prehistoric Problems & Solutions Dinosaur Egg craft
The Adventures of Cave Kids comic strip writing activity plus blank template for any book
Caring for Your Prehistoric Pet Informational Text booklet-writing activity
Compare a caveman to a modern man double bubble map

Tony's Bread
Sandwich Summaries anchor chart /lesson visual
Sandwich Summaries student prewriting page
Somebody Wanted A Sandwich summary accordion book
Not Your Ordinary PB and J multi-step directions writing activity
How Does Tony Change? class anchor chart example with chart parts
How Does Tony Change? flubble map (combo bubble/flow map) student page
Comparing Story Elements Charts student book with cover
Culminating Tomie dePaola unit folder with directions and photos, pocket labels and blank labels to create your own titles.

As a THANK YOU! for purchasing this unit I've also added a little bonus freebie:
Strega Nona's House: A foldable fairy tale cottage booklet (shown above in the cover photo) with templates and inserts for publishing responses to literature, letters to the author, character analysis or any related student writing during your author study.

Join me in my classroom! Visit my blog to see my 4-part series on Teaching With Tomie dePaola Books. Stop by to see how I use this author study in my classroom!

You may also enjoy these additional book studies:
Stellaluna Character and Book StudyAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Book Study
You're Finally Here! Back-to-School Book ActivitiesLouder, Lili Book StudyCatch Me If You Can! A Multi-Book Study of The Gingerbread Man

Happy reading and thanks so much for visiting my store!
Linda Kamp
Total Pages
117 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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