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Author Study Toolkit

Author studies give students the opportunity to dive deeply into an author’s life and body of work. Our Author Study Toolkit gives you the step-by-step! 

Author studies help students develop their reading, writing, research, and critical thinking skills as well as establish a stronger community of readers. Author studies can expose kids to different literary voices and styles and are easily integrated across the curriculum. And they’re fun! 

Get started planning a classroom project using our step-by-step guide. We’ve also included a sample author study, featuring Patricia Polacco and her books.

Whether individually, in small groups, or as a class, students can:

  • Critically evaluate an author’s themes, characters, and writing style
  • Make connections between the author’s life and work
  • Make personal connections between their own experiences and those of the author and his/her characters

In addition to reading several works by an author, key components of an author study include discussion, research, and a final project.

The Reading Rockets Author Study Toolkit will help you create a unit tailored to your instructional goals, as well as your students’ interests and abilities.