Activities to Support Your Lessons

Utilize this menu of mini-lessons, bell-ringers, and interactive activities to practice skills, demonstrate understanding, and prompt discussion.


Authors Inspire Us

Lesson sheets to learn about author's purpose or inspiration.

Activity Printable sheet
Authors of PK-5 Titles Authors 1 - Set A & B
Authors of 4-8 Titles Authors 2 - Set A & B
Authors of 7-12 Titles Authors 3 - Set A & B
Identifying Author's Purpose Authors of PK-5 Titles
Author Study Mo Willems (Grades PK-5)
Author Study Jacqueline Woodson (Grades K-12)
Author Study Alice Walker (Grades K-12)

Genre Sleuth

Identify the genres authors are talking about.

Activity Printable sheet
Authors of K-12 Titles Genre 1 - Set A & B

What's in a Name? Respecting Culture and Identity

Enhance conversations about identity by listening to authors' mini-autobiographies.

Activity Printable sheet
Authors of K-12 Titles Name 1 - Set A & B
Authors of K-5 Titles Name 2 - Set A & B
Authors of 4-8 Titles Name 3 - Set A & B
Authors of 7-12 Titles Name 4 - Set A & B

Writing Prompts

Provide opportunities to reflect and respond as authors discuss their craft.

Activity Printable sheet
Creative writing Listen & Respond - younger students
Creative writing Listen & Respond - older students
Exit slip Symphony for the City of the Dead (Grades 7-12)
Exit slip Drum Dream Girl & Ada's Violin (Grades PK-5)
Journaling styles Compare/Contrast (many levels)