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Author Study

First grade and third grade students will choose an author to study and then create a powerpoint presentation on the author.


  • Students will use the reading process effectively.
  • Students will use the writing process effectively.
  • Students will use speaking strategies efffectively.
  • Students will understand the power of language.


  • 1st week: Read aloud/discuss stories by Robert Munsch:
    • Thomas' Snowsuit
    • Andrew's Loose Tooth
    • Stephanies' Ponytail
    • 50 Below Zero
    • Alligator Baby
  • 2nd week: Model Author Study/PowerPoint through Munsch on digital projector. Search/locate/bookmark author Internet site. Vocabulary: slide, cut, paste, minimize, select, insert, font, save as, edit, text, graphic. Students recreate Robert Munsch Author slide applying skills taught.
    • Students select an author/locate books and begin reading.
  • 3rd week: 1st Grade/3rd Grade partners meet. Teacher models a PowerPoint example. Students locate author on the Internet. Read, share information/3rd Gr. takes notes for team.
    • 1st/3rd Graders work together from slide from slide formatting study guide to creat slides, titles, text, cut and paste photograph. Script, props, record mini-movie.
    • Continue working with learning buddy on text and graphics. Add animation, sound, transitions. Insert movie from flash drive.
    • Learning partners will edit and practice timing and transitions.
    • Partners do spell check and add narration.
    • Partners present PowerPoint presentations to class 1st and 3rd grade classes.

Sunshine State Standards

  • LA.A.1.1.1
  • LA.A.1.1.4
  • LA.B.1.1.1
  • LA.B.2.1.3
  • LA.C.3.1.1
  • LA.D.2.1.3

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • Use input devices (e.g., mouse, keyboard, remote control) and output devices (e.g., monitor, printer) to successfully operate computers, VCRs, audiotapes, and other technologies.
  • Use a variety of media and technology resources for directed and independent learning activities.
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with peers, family members, and others when using technology in the classroom.
  • Create developmentally appropriate multimedia products with support from teachers, family members, or student partners.
  • Use technology resources (e.g., puzzles, logical thinking programs, writing tools, digital cameras, drawing tools) for problem solving, communication, and illustration of thoughts, ideas, and stories.


  • books by different authors
  • laptops
  • Internet access
  • PowerPoint

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