|If You Give Kaydence an Author (or an Illustrator)
If you give Kaydence (and her classmates) an author,
Kaydence will want one of the author's books to read.
If Kaydence reads one book, she'll want to read more books.
As Kaydence reads the books she'll want to learn more about what the author has written.
To learn more she'll want to know about the reference section of the library.
Kaydence will want to know how to use the library's catalog to find more books by the author.
And she'll want to know how to use the library's catalog to find more books with connecting themes.
If you give Kaydence knowledge about the library's catalog she will have "the keys" to the kingdom.
Once Kaydence has the keys to the kingdom she will want to read even more.
After Kaydence reads more books Kaydence and her classmates will want to discuss the books.
During their discussions they will want some of their questions about the writings to be answered.
In order for Kaydence and her classmates to have their questions answered they will want to meet the author.
If you give Kaydence (and her classmates) an author ...
Some potential objectives/goals that might be appropriate when
planning an author/illustrator appearance with your students:
- Students will learn fundamental principles of how writing
works, including: gathering ideas, developing content,
formulating word choice, and the importance of revision.
- Through face-to-face interactions, the students will be
provided with an opportunity to understand ways to deal with rejection,
the importance of being persistent, and how to use constructive
criticism in a positive manner.
- Through face-to-face interaction, the students will be
provided real-life examples of the use of strategies to adjust spoken,
written, and visual language to communicate effectively with a specific
audience for identified purposes.
- Students will be able to make personal connections to
readings as a means of improving comprehension and understanding of the
reading and writing process.
- Students will be able to articulate the importance of reading and writing to lifelong learning.
- Students will come to view the entire library (public and
school) as a potential reading source as they search for more of the
author’s/illustrator’s work and for connecting themes.
- Students will develop a respect for an author’s/illustrator’s body of work.
Learning opportunities stimulated by efforts to prepare for and to use
the author/illustrator appearance as a highly motivational culmination
to a focused emphasis on literacy and literacy-related instructional
- Author/illustrator visit will promote learning by creating new connections to previously-learned material.
- Activities developed in preparation and in response to the
author/illustrator presentation will promote the exploration and
retention of reading strategies and an appreciation for life-long
- Interaction with a successful author/illustrator provides
students with opportunities and resources to develop the language
skills they need to pursue life's goals and to participate fully as
informed, productive members of society.
- Actual examples of content area knowledge and its
relationship to the reading and writing process will promote the
importance of wide reading.
- Development of instructional activities that will encourage
students to engage in activities that will require using strategies to
adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language to communicate
effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
- Focus on resources and encourage the development of
curriculum and instruction that make productive use of the students’
emerging literacy abilities.
- Provides a structure for the sharing of literature in such a
manner that activities are organized to provide for the achievement of
curriculum and program goals as dictated by the school/district’s
By Sharron L. McElmeel
Sharron L. McElmeel is the author of several reference
books about authors and illustrators, including An Author a Month
series and the Bookpeople series, both available from Libraries
Unlimited, as well as the ABCs of an Author/Illustrator Visit (Linworth)
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