You Can Be An Author!

Presented by: Nancy Rand

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This lesson will enable the students to learn about "pattern books" and what it is like to create a pattern book of their own in collaboration with others in a group.

This lesson can also be modified to use as a Family Literacy Event.

Goals & Objectives:

Instructional Goals:
Students working in groups will be able to create their own book together.

Learning Objectives:
Students will listen to a "pattern book" being read and then will be given the opportunity in writing their own pattern book to share with other groups upon completion.

Motivational Goals:
-Students will have an interest in becoming authors.
-Students will value information skills by adding relevance to their collaborative projects.
-Students' confidence will be reinforced as they share their stories with the other.
-Satisfaction will be reinforced upon completion of their collaborative projects.
-Students will be motivated to continue further projects similar to "You Can Be An Author" even at home.


Book - If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, If You Give A Pig A Pancake, If You Give A Moose A Muffin all by Laura Numeroff.
Art Supplies-construction paper, markers, colored pencils, writing paper, writing tools, crayons, ribbon, and string
Office Supplies-stapler/staples, tape, glue


If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, by Laura Numeroff
If You Give A Moose A Muffin, by Laura Numeroff
If You Give A Pig A Pancake, by Laura Numeroff


1. Introduction to pattern books with examples and a display.
2. Read If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
3. Discuss the pattern in the book and show how the story comes back to the beginning.
4. Place students in small groups (3-4)
5. Using writing paper provided, students write their own pattern book.
6. Helpful to give an example like "If you give your brother/sister a toy truck..." or "If you give your dog a shoe..."
7. When students completely finish writing their book so that the story comes back to the beginning, they may attach it to the construction paper using the supplies provided.
8. They should illustrate as best they can as the story moves along.
9. Using the supplies provided, they may make a cover and add artwork.
10. When they have all finished, they may read their stories to the other groups.
11. Observe their enjoyment and satisfaction.


Observation and discussion before, during and after the exercise.
Feedback from students during the project.
The finished product - their creative books that they authored.

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