Literature plays a key role in helping children’s voices take the floor. Literature triggers thoughts, unlocks memories, and helps create the kind of community in which it’s safe to tell our stories. – Shelley Harwayne
WHY USE AUTHOR STUDIES?
At PS 207, students in Pre-K-Grade 5 engage in Author Studies across the year. By fifth grade, our students have engaged in deep studies of seven different culturally relevant authors. Our Author Studies take place every Monday across the year. Aside from the exposure to wonderful authors, our author studies benefit our students in many ways including:
High Level thinking across texts: With author studies, students think deeply about the author’s craft including language choice such as figurative language and sentence fluency. choice of illustrations, common themes across multiple books, and connections to the author’s own experiences helps students connect with the author’s specific writing style. What better way to see how writing develops?
Consistent Studies of Models of Quality Writing: There is much research showing how mentor texts model writing traits. Do you ever use a template when you create a letter to parents or with a form you need? Few of us start from scratch with anything, so why would we expect our students to start from scratch. Naturally, their response is often, “I don’t know what to write.” Through our Author Studies, students study the format and style of the authors and many times, mimic these styles in their own writing.
Cultural Relevance: An important piece of our author studies is that the authors have been carefully chosen to expose our students to authors and topics which are relevant and connected to the lives of our students. Our authors typically write about experiences within their culture, and experiences common to people within their culture, empowering our students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically by using cultural relevance and are designed to acknowledge cultural heritages, incorporates multicultural information, resources, and materials.teach student to know and to teach our students to praise their own and each other's cultural heritages.
Build Research Skills: Researching an author’s life which is a standard for al, and learning how to research is another skill taught through our author studies.
Visual Arts: At PS 207, our second and third floor hallways are dedicated to showcasing our authjor study work throughout the year. Students enegae in visual arts activities and respond to their books in a variety of ways throughout the year. TO share the beauty of this quality work, grade levels will be posting hallway "museum walk videos" throughout the year. Stay tuned....