So the best thing we can do as authors of nonfiction as well as fiction is help them. With that goal in mind, I thought I’d share some general strategies for authors who would like to guide educators in using their books to meet the Common Core standards.
1. Write discussion questions that help students identify a book’s main idea and key details.
|Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple|
2. Develop a teacher’s guide with activities that help students build vocabulary; understand connections and relationships between key ideas, events or individuals in a book; and examine a book’s structure.
3. Offer writers’ workshops that focus on such topics as structure, voice, and word choice.
4. Write blog posts that describe your intentions or writing process for a specific book.
5. Write blog posts, create videos, or develop school visits that deconstruct specific aspects of your writing .
6. If you write picture books or photo-illustrated books, write blog posts, create videos, or develop school visits or classroom materials that highlight the connection between pictures and words in your books.
7. Speak at local and national conferences for teachers and librarians about specific aspects of writing craft.
8. Develop worksheets and visual aids that educators can use to teach specific aspects of writing craft.
9. Create lists of fiction and nonfiction titles that have a connection to your book, so students can compare the texts.
10. Provide links to related media on your website, so students can compare them to your book.
|Loree Griffin Burns|
Do you have other ideas about how authors can help educators address the goals of Common Core? I’d love to hear them.