Students will understand the concept of an author.
Students will understand the concept of an illustrator.
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!
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling
Read the fictional storybook aloud to the students. Ask students to share some of their favorite parts of the story, and encourage students to review some major events from the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
Ask students to recall what the author and illustrator does.
Tell the students that everyone in the class is going to be an author and illustrator today! Explain to the students that they will write the words in their books and draw the pictures.
Ask students to think up some interesting titles using classroom items for inspiration. Jot their ideas on the whiteboard.
Show students your handmade mini books.
Point to the parts of the cover where the title, main illustration, and author's name are located (top, middle, and bottom, respectively).
Give each student a mini book and a box of colored pencils.
Have them write the titles they thought up earlier at the top of their book covers. They should also write "by" followed by their names at the bottom of the cover.
Ask them to create small drawings corresponding to their titles in the middle of their covers.
Independent working time
Have students work independently to fill in the pages of their book with sentences and drawings related to whatever classroom item they chose.