Teacher Guide

Becoming An Author

By Jeffrey Taylor, Lila Morris
Meet the Authors

"How does the use of voice enhance a story?"
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and Standards


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 Student Guide



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Overview

Grade Levels: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Curriculum Areas:
Focus: English/Language Arts
Secondary: Technology, Reading

Topic:
Creative Writing

Themes:
Family, Friendship

Duration:
Five weeks
Summary
Students will become authors when they write and publish their own books. Through this process, students will be learning the components of a story like setting, plot, characters, conflict, rise in action, conclusion. They will use this new undersanding of how to build a sotry by writing a story of their own using these elements. Students will then read their books to elementary school students.

Rationale
The purpose of this project is to help students understand the elements of a story. The students gain an enthusiasm for literature by writing their own stories and creating books. The power of publishing and seeing their own work in print can be very empowering and can build confidence in reading and writing.