Writing an Author Page and Finishing the Book
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.
Whole class mini-lesson
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.
Provide time for children to share their author pages written that day.
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.
Aim of Lesson: That the child will be enabled to:
Receptiveness to language
Competence & confidence: using language
Developing cognitive abilities through language
Emotional and imaginative development through language