Lower and Upper Grades Author Study Research Unit (Digital Version)


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Reading is fun, and it’s also fun to learn about the authors who wrote the books that we love! The Author Study research unit is perfect for students who are learning how to use informational text and who are completing an author study project and makes a great template for author study research. Everything you need for a successful unit is included, so all that is left to do is print and go!


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Students will first learn how to use the text features in informational text including the table of contents and index. Then, students will be assigned an author to study and, optionally, a partner or group to work with. Students will have an Author Research Journal that they will use as a guide as they research about their assigned author. Editable sections have been added to the research journals so you may add your own questions!
Once students have completed their research, they will use it to complete their culminating activity: a biography booklet for their assigned author. While the research journal serves as a “rough draft”, the biography booklet serves as the “final draft”, just like a writer completes drafts before the final version in the writing process. The template is included for students to create a biography about their author. The students will also create a bibliography of the works of their author- including illustrating the covers of their work within the template. (See the “preview” for a peek at the biography booklet!) 
Finally, other classes and parents will be invited to see their 3D models and what they’ve learned about their author.


  • Teacher Info Pages: This includes a sample unit outline, grading rubric, and lesson plans for internet research, intro lesson, research journals, and final projects.
  • Book research/ text features worksheets: Students will review other text features including: glossary, titles, headings, photos, captions, graphs/charts, and special print. They will also compare and contrast the table of contents and index.
  • Internet research worksheets: These worksheets will familiarize your students with how to find credible sources on the internet for research. These can be completed digitally.
  • Author Cards Cards with clip art of 18 popular authors are included which you can use to assign authors. You may also add up to 6 additional authors, if you wish. (You could add authors from class read alouds, etc.)
  • Research Journals: The research journals will guide the students throughout their research. There is one question on each page for the students to find the answer to. Pre-written pages are included, plus  blank ones to add your own questions. Since this is the Google Slides version, students can type right into the pages! Full page and half page versions are BOTH included in this resource. Choose which version is best for your students.
  • Biography Booklet Instructions Lesson plan for the student’s final project
  • Parent Letter & Invitation: Keep the parents in the loop! Let them know what is going on with the unit, and invite them to see the student’s hard work. Both of these are editable.
  • Final Report Pages and info: A final report page is included as well as examples and lessons for their final project.
  • **BONUS! ALL PAGES in the document are included in both vivid color AND Ink Friendly Black & White for your convenience**

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Excellent research focused unit. This unit has everything to help get the students started with their research and work through the project. Having these in Google Slides format is perfect so my students can research and create on their computer both in school and at home without losing their work.

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