Good Books, Good Authors

3 Semester hours :: In this professional development course for teachers, indulge your passion for reading good books by good authors. Choose an author to study. Delve into the works of an author to study their life and their writing. Transfer these connections to the reader and writer in your classroom to create authentic purposes for reading and writing.
Course Description:

In this professional development course, explore what makes a “good” book (text) and what constitutes a “good” author to create authentic reading and writing curriculum for your students that marries the reading and writing anchor standards for Common Core State Standards.  Choose good books and good authors to read and study. Read biographical works about authors. Study how authors choose ideas, develop content, how they craft and structure their writing, organize and communicate ideas and stories in a way that engages readers.  A close study of good books and good authors develops the opportunities to create authentic reading and writing curriculum; exploring what do authors write about and why, how do authors develop key ideas and details, how do authors craft, style and organize information or story to capture their audience’s attention? Use good books as mentor texts and use good authors as co-teachers of writing. Meets Common Core State Standards.


Graduate Credit / Professional Development
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Colorado State University Online
Certificate of Completion for Professional Development
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Course Testimonials:
This class was wonderful because it allowed me the time and space to explore literature. I read books and authors that had been on my “to read” list for years. I learned how to analyze why good literature is good literature and now I am better able to explain that to my students. I also enjoyed doing the in depth author study and seeing exactly how events in the author’s life influenced his writing. I plan to do a similar curriculum application in my own class of “below grade level readers,” so that these students, who frequently don’t like to read, will be able to connect with specific authors and read books that are appropriate, relevant and interesting to them.
Deborah Jones
What did I learn? Wow! When I think about the question, my mind races among the many experiences I had while reading and writing in this course. This course has shown me the immense world that accompanies books and pages: authors’ inspirations and feelings; conventions and strategies; reality and make believe; pain and joy. Mostly, I have learned to listen. . . to hear everything that books can tell me. The experience is not over when the cover is closed. I have learned that sometimes, it’s just beginning.
Nina Huff
I know that reading the good writing of masterful writers not only improves my reading skills, but it also improves my writing ability. I know it is important for me to accomplish finding new and refreshing exemplars of good books and good authors that will motivate my students to read and write more effectively. What I’ve learned throughout this course is that as a teacher, if I am able to introduce students to good reading and writing, their own reading and writing skills will improve. I’ve enjoyed Good Books, Good Authors and learned quite a lot about what makes a good book as well as a good teacher.
Eric England
Being able to relate to the human experience of the person behind the pen was definitely an illuminating experience for me. While I’ll admit that I’ve gained a greater appreciation for history as I’ve gotten older, I think it would be helpful for readers of all ages. I guess it makes total sense but, when I learned about Mark Twain’s childhood and the way it bled through into his literary work like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the follow-up The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, it gave me a new appreciation for the historical context of the work. It’s like another way of studying the American experience through the eyes of a nineteenth-century American, with some flavorful tall tales added in that reflected the culture and life of the time.
Justen Anderson
Course Evaluations:
Based on a composite of date collected from independent source of student rating of instruction.