Writing an Author Page and Finishing the Book

Introduction

As on the other days begin with silent reading of quality children’s literature. Remind children who are beginning a new book to enter the date, title and author on their reading list page. During the share time following the silent reading allow children to share any reaction, thought opinion on the literature they have been reading.

Development

Whole class mini-lesson

Author pages.

  1. Put a transparency of an author page on the overhead. Children read it silently.
  2. Discuss the page. Make a list of the type of information contained on the page.
  3. Put another example on the overhead and repeat.
  4. Examine four or five pages. Compile a list of the similarities and differences between them. Children keep a copy of the list in their folder.
  5. Invite children to help you write an author page about yourself.

Writing and conferencing

Having examined author pages and practised writing one with the teacher the children should be able to write one for themselves. Invite children to write their author page. Circulate and provide assistance as needed. Visit the children who are on the list you made the previous night. When they have finished the first draft ask them to follow the guidelines for revision. When they are happy with the content of the piece ask them to proof-read them for errors. Finally, children may share their page with a partner and receive feedback on it. When they are happy with the page they hand it in to the teacher and begin writing and illustrating their book using the pieces they have chosen. Encourage children to use coloured pencils rather than markers, as marker will soak through to the back of the page.

Sharing

Provide time for children to share their author pages written that day.

Conclusion

Display in the library area any of the books that are finished. Children hand up any writing to be corrected and fill in any records that need to be updated in their folder.

Summary/Follow-up Work

Assessment Comments:

Aim of Lesson: That the child will be enabled to:

Receptiveness to language

  • Observe the teacher model how to write an author page using the third person.
  • Become increasingly aware of the importance of gesture, facial expression, tone of voice, audibility and clarity of enunciation in communication with others.

Competence & confidence: using language

  • Use the guidelines to write a first draft of the author page.
  • Revise the author page after conferring with a peer.

Developing cognitive abilities through language

  • Examine a variety of author pages and develop guidelines for writing one.

Emotional and imaginative development through language

  • Illustrate his/her book
  • Experiencing success and enhancement of self-esteem through sharing his/her writing with a variety of audiences