Lesson Plan

I Am an Author

It's time for some storytelling fun. In this creative lesson, students become authors and put together their own mini storybooks.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will understand the concept of an author.
  • Students will understand the concept of an illustrator.


(5 minutes)
  • Hold up your short storybook, and read aloud the title and author's name.
  • Ask the students if they know what "by" means. Explain that it stands for "written by."
  • Let students know that every book is written by an author.
  • Point to the illustrations, or pictures, in the book. Explain to the students that the illustrator of a storybook or text creates the pictures in the book.
  • Ask students to turn and talk to a partner, explaining how pictures, or illustrations, help us understand what we read.
  • Hold up the storybook and nonfiction text. Explain to the students that both fiction (pretend) and nonfiction (books about real things like pandas, cats, and rainforests) have authors.
  • Explain to the students that fiction books usually have illustrations, or pictures, and sometimes nonfiction texts do, too. Flip through a few pages of the nonfiction text so students can review the illustrations/photographs.
  • Elaborate that many nonfiction books also have photographs because book is about real things!

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Comparing Information

3 games
2 interactive stories
5 printable worksheets
Subject Reading & Writing