Lesson Plan

Author Research

With this series of lessons, students will research an author and share their findings with classmates using technology resources.
Jennifer S.
Media specialist/librarian
New Market Elementary School
New Market, United States
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies, Arts
Objectives

Students will be able to generate at least one research question about the author.

Students will be able to use digital resources to conduct research on the author.

students will be able to use technology tools to share their findings with classmates while observing appropriate digital etiquette for online behavior.

Subjects
English Language Arts
Grades 3 – 5
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Books, Books, Books

  1. Before class, the teacher will create a Google Slides about the author the class is studying.  
  2. On separate slides, the teacher will place an image of the author's books and links to book trailers or book reviews about the book.
  3. The teacher will set up a Padlet to have students post information after the conclusion of the lesson and include a link in the Google Slides presentation.
  4. The teacher will post the Google Slides presentation into the Google Classroom for the class.
  5. In class, the teacher will introduce the author to students. 
  6. Students will independently open and review the Google Slides presentation to learn more about the authors' books.
  7. At the conclusion of the presentation, the teacher will show students how to use Padlet and review appropriate digital citizenship for posting information online.
  8. Students will visit the Padlet and let the teacher know which books they most want to read by the author and why.
  9. At the end of the class, the teacher will review the Padlet responses with the class.  Then, they will use the data to locate more copies of the books that students most wish to read.

2 What Do We Want to Know?

1.) Before class, the teacher will locate a YouTube video on how to generate good research questions.  They will load this into Playposit and include a quiz in the video to review students' knowledge of generating researchable questions. The link to this Playposit will be loaded into Google Classroom for the students.

2.) Before class, the teacher will create a Padlet where students can post their questions about the author.

3.) In class, the teacher will review with the students how to post appropriately online and how to use Padlet.

4.) On the Padlet, students will quickly brainstorm 3 questions that they have about the author or their writings.

5.) Students will then open Google Classroom and complete the Playposit assignment on asking good research questions.

6.) Students will go back to the Padlet and revise at least one of their questions to be a better research question.

3 Author Detectives

1.) The teacher will load the available research resources, such as the author website, TeachingBooks.net, and other databases into a Google Doc for students.  This Google Doc will be shared via Google Classroom.

2.) In class, the teacher will review with students how to utilize these research databases.

3.) Students will use the resources to research their question about the author.  While researching, students will keep their notes on a Google Doc.

4.) When done with research, students will write a short paragraph in Google Docs to summarize the answer to their research question about the author.

4 Sharing Research

1.) Before class, the teacher will set up a Flipgrid for students to record their answers to a prompt.  The link and password for the Flipgrid will be loaded into Google Classroom for students.

2.) In class, the teacher will show the students how to use Flipgrid to record answers to a prompt.

3.) Students will record their findings about the author.

4.) When finished recording, the students will view other students' videos.  Then, using appropriate digital etiquette, they will film a response to another students' researching findings.