We have been working tirelessly to collect a variety of ideas and topics that we can use for inspiration as writers! One of the ways we do this is through studying the work of other authors and taking the time to learn about what inspires them to write their stories. We read several of their books including the dedication and "About the Author" and we also visited the websites of the authors to investigate and see if we could find out more about them. After doing this, we created posters with short snippets of information we learned about what inspires each author. Here are the finished posters for the first three authors we have studied:
The students also had a graphic organizer to document the same snippets of information:
They all glued this once we finished inside of their "Writer's Notebooks" in their "idea" section along with all of the other idea envoking activities we have accomplished!
I also give the students the option, if they would like, to reread the stories we have read by these authors in class and/or select new ones to read during their idependent reading time. They always get so excited about the stories, once we begin to dive into learning about these authors and recognizing patterns in their stories! Here is how I work to set out some of the books for easy access for them:
Love my magnetic walls and shelving!
I also love the cheapo frame holders from Walmart- perfect for books!
Finally, if you are interested here are the websites for the authors we studied (seriously...these are such a great tool for learning more about them!):
Patricia Polacco: http://www.patriciapolacco.com/
Marc Brown: marcbrownstudios.com
Kevin Henkes: http://www.kevinhenkes.com/