Literacy Connections » Author's Purpose

Learn From Award-Winning Authors & Illustrators

Have the author reveal, anytime, the author's purpose, writing, and research processes with these TeachingBooks.net exclusively created primary source materials.


Meet-the-Author Movies

  • Capture students' attention with authentic author voices
  • Filmed in authors/illustrators' studios

Watch Joseph Medicine Crow

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Meet-the-Author Book Readings

  • Learn what sparks authors' purpose and craft
  • Recorded with award-winning authors

Listen to Lisa Charleyboy

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Author Name Pronunciations

Sherman Alexie
  • Learn correct pronunciations
  • Initiate class discussion regarding heritage, nicknames, and mispronunciations

Listen to Sherman Alexie

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In-Depth Written Interviews

  • Extensive conversations with favorite writers and illustrators
  • Use for author and biographical studies

Read interview with Louise Erdrich

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Original Author Posts

  • Extraordinary authors revealing insights about book creation
  • Provide models of reflective writing for students

Read Nick Bruel

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About resources produced by TeachingBooks.net

Authors share:

  • Writing
  • Journaling
  • Working with ideas
  • Doing research
  • Bringing history to life
  • Being a professional author
 

Illustrators reveal:

  • Diverse art techniques
  • Approaches to book design
  • Illustrating fiction and nonfiction
  • Being a professional illustrator
 

Our process for making these programs is quite involved. We...

  • Select the author to interview following our Collection Development Policy
  • Film or record the author using quality, but accessible, digital equipment
  • Produce the movie or recording, encoding it for easy web access
  • Distribute the resource on TeachingBooks.net
Implementation Strategy
Introduce author resources to bring in new perspectives extending conversations and insights.
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