I have been very busy the last few days working on an author study unit. Since February is Black History Month, I am doing an author study of African American authors. The authors we are focusing on are Angela Johnson and Faith Ringgold. There were so many to choose from, but I decided on Angela Johnson because of her African American & family themes, plus she is an Ohioan! Faith Ringgold was a given for me because I am just in love with her books and illustrations! I have posted my first Angela Johnson author study in my Teacher's Notebook shop. The first is a week-long unit using the books The Leaving Morning, When I Am Old With You, and Tell Me A Story, Mama. I will be posting another unit soon using some of Angela Johnson's historical fiction books. Lastly, I will post my Faith Ringgold unit. The Ringgold unit will be available in two weeks.
This is the first author study that I will be doing in my classroom. I did a mini-author study on Eve Bunting last year, but not to the extend that I am doing with my African American author study. With the first Johnson author study, we are going to focus on common themes, making connections, point of view, and author's craft. I love how this unit has shaped up and I am excited to begin on Monday. If you are interested in purchasing this unit, please visit my Teacher's Notebook shop!
What author studies have you done in the past? I am excited to create more units in the future!