Author in You - Michael Austin Classroom Activities









Activities for Author In You
Featuring Michael Austin

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Activity 1
AKS:
(1LA_D2005-44) use examples from literature to create individual and group stories
(1LA_D2005-47) draft writing to capture ideas and develop fluency
(1LA_D2005-48) write a minimum of three sentences related to a topic
(1LA_D2005-49) write stories with a beginning, middle and end using appropriate descriptive word choice
(2LA_D2005-41) use examples from literature to create individual and group stores
(2LA_D2005-45) write stories with a setting, characters, and a beginning, middle and end
(2LA_D2005-46) write a minimum of five sentences related to a topic
(3LA_D2005-40) develop a clear topic with an organizational plan that matches purpose, genre, expectations, audience and length
(3LA_D2005-43) write ideas in story form with attention to sequence, main ideas and supporting details
(4LA_D2005-32) write compositions of three or more paragraphs, including a clear topic with examples, details, transitions within and between paragraphs, and closing/clincher sentence
(4LA_2005-35) revise writing to improve fluency, content (descriptive words, strong verbs), organization and style, to match purposes with audience
(5LA_2005-36) write ideas in story form with attention to beginning, sequence, main ideas, supporting details, characters, point of view, conflict and closing/clincher sentence
(5LA_2005-37) write a response to literature that is interpretive, evaluative and reflective
(5LA_2005-38) use transitions between ideas and paragraphs
(5LA_2005-39) revise writing to improve fluency, content (descriptive words and phrases), organization and style, to match purposes with audience

Michael has illustrated several books. One of his latest was The Horned Toad Prince. It is a story based on the theme of the folktale, The Frog Prince.
1. Read The Horned Toad Prince and The Frog Prince.
2. Compare the two stories to determine where there are similarities and differences in the story.
3. Have the students either write their own version of the folktale The Frog Prince or pick another folktale and change it.


Activity #2
AKS:
(1LA_E2005-47) draft writing to capture ideas and develop fluency
(2LA_D2005-45) write stories with a setting, characters, and a beginning, middle, and end
(3LA)D2005-47) incorporate story elements, including setting, characters and problem and solution (plot) in writing
(4LA_D2005-31) prewrite to generate ideas for self-selected writing
(5A_D2005-35) prewrite to generate ideas for self-selected writing
During the interview, Michael drew a picture of an alligator. Use that picture as the character for a story.
1. Have the children name and write characteristics for the alligator.
2. After the character is developed, generate ideas for a story.
3. Write the story with the alligator as the main character.

Activity#3
AKS:
(2LA_D2003-42) revise writing to improve fluency, topic, word choice, style, sentence structure, and organization
(2LA_D2003-48) use available technology to assist in writing
(3LA_D2003-52) revise writing to improve content, organization, and personal expression
(3LA_D2003-55) use available technology to assist in writing
(4LA_D2003-37) revise writing to improve fluency, content (descriptive words, strong verbs), organization, and style to match purposes with audience
(4LA_D2003-42) use available technology to assist in writing
(5LA_D2003-42) revise writing to improve fluency, content (descriptive words, strong verbs), organization, and style to match purposes with audience
(5LA_D2003-46) use available technology to assist in writing

After the children have written their stories and revised:
Have the students use the Student Writing Center, another desktop publishing program, or Microsoft Word to write, edit, and publish the final story.

Websites

http://www.austinillustration.com

http://www.austinillustration.com/pages/profile.html

http://www.peachtree-online.com/hornedsite/illustrator.htm