Throwback Thursday- Kids as Authors

I'm back for another Throwback Thursday. This is one of my favorite old posts. I hope you all enjoy it!

This was originallly posted on June 27, 2012. You can click here to see the original post. 

Kids as Authors

I just had the best day with my friend's two sweet girls. One of them is going into kindergarten in the fall. She is going to be the BEST student. She's so excited to learn how to read and write, which of course made me excited to get back and teach! Don't get me wrong, I am enjoying my summer break! I am not trying to rush back or anything, but she just got me in the teaching mood and reminded me why I  l.o.v.e teaching.

Thanks to Gracie, I've made another freebie for you all! I am busy working on my September literacy menu (finally) and one of the centers is Be an Author. I made another Be an Author book for Gracie today and she did a fabulous job! Since I teach first grade, this is the first time I've done this activity with a kindergartener. She blew me away! She had so many great ideas for what to write and she was so excited to be an author of her very own book. (This is also often  a favorite among my students.)

Her book was about the zoo. There was a picture of monkey so she added the words,The monkey eats bananas. Then she drew the little banana to go with her words.

 Here's a picture of her hippo page. She drew the hippo wading in water and wroteHippos like water.
Isn't she a doll! And now she is officially an author too! :) 

It's pretty basic, but kids love it! They get a book with some illustrations and blank lines. They get to be the author by filling in the words on each page. They also add to the illustration to go with their words. This particular book has a different zoo animal on each page for your kiddos to write about.

clipart by KPM doodles

Like I said, it's basic but you can get some great writing practice out of it. Click on the picture to download. If you'd like to hear my long explanation of how I teach it, you can continue reading this post (I also included it in the download). 

I introduce this activity at the beginning of the year because I include it in some of my center menus. I want to set my expectations so they can be the best little authors they can be! I do it again later on in the year when they are getting to be better writers because my expectations are higher. Here is how I teach it at the beginning of the year. I use a version of the optimal learning model: Modeling writing (Demonstrating), Shared writing (shared demonstration), Guided Practice, Independent Practice

I'm sorry I don't have any actual teaching pictures, but since I'm on summer vacation I don't have any. Hopefully I'll get some pictures when I go back in the fall and I can repost this with some real action shots with student writing! 


  1. Thank you for sharing your ideas and your hard work! Jodi

  2. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing your fabulousness, Sarah!

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