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Author Studies in Your Homeschool

One way to make learning fun in your homeschool is to have a “study of the month”.  You might study an artist, a musician, a scientist, or an author each month.  Or anyone or anything else you can think of!

Then, over the course of the month you can learn about that person or thing through books, videos, and hands on projects!

The post below lists several children’s authors that would be fun to include in Author of the Month studies along with books and videos.  Some even have their own detailed unit studies that you can download!

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William Shakespeare, English, 1564-1616

Thought of as the greatest playwright of all time, Shakespeare is someone all students learn about at some point.  So why not when children are young?!  This FREE unit study contains lots of resources for introducing all ages of children to Shakespeare:

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Jane Austen, English, 1775-1817

You may think children need to be older before reading Jane Austen, but The Beautifull Cassandra is actually a great book to introduce her to younger children.  Austen wrote it around age 13 and it is only 72 pages long.  There is also a Who Was… biography for her and a book full of related projects!

Brothers Grimm, German, 1785-1863

The Brothers Grimm are known for their ‘grim’ fairytales, many of which have been ‘softened’ and turned into Disney movies.  Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Beauty and the Beast are a few of their best known.  Don’t you wonder what these brothers were really like?  Find out with their Who Was…biography and this short video.

Edgar Allan Poe, American, 1809-1849

Poe is another ‘grim’ author, but he also is a wonderful poet.  You can introduce him to your children with his Poetry for Young People book along with his Who Was… biography.  Check out this four minute video to learn more about him.

Charles Dickens, English 1812-1870

Dickens is known as the greatest novelist of the Victorian Era.  His stories and books serve as commentaries on life during that era.  He often wrote about the poor social conditions of that time.  Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol are great stories to introduce children to Charles Dickens.  Here is a FREE unit study you can use to study him using A Christmas Carol as the piece of literature:

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Mark Twain, American 1835-1910

Samuel Clemens was an American humorist who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain.  Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are good read alouds to introduce children to the Mississippi River area in the mid-1800s.  His Who Was…biography and this eight minute video would be good additions to a study about him.

Beatrix Potter, English, 1866-1943

Beatrix Potter’s books are full of fun characters and great to tie into nature studies.  She herself was a natural scientist and a conservationist.  You can learn more about her with her Who Was… biography and this five minute video.

Laura Ingalls Wilder, American, 1867-1957

Laura Ingalls Wilder is a favorite author for many and her books are perfect for children.  Readers learn about westward expansion and Laura’s life through her books.  But to learn even more about her, especially as an adult you can read her Who Was… biography and watch this video.  Also, check out this list of related activities and printables.

 

Dr. Seuss, American, 1904-1991

Ted Geisel wrote some of our most beloved children’s books under the pen name Dr. Seuss.  Since they were probably some of your children’s first books, he can make a great first author to study.  You can learn more about Mr. Geisel with his Who Was… biography and this video.  There are many related activities you can do with these books and these STEM projects are a great place to start.

Roald Dahl, English, 1916-1990

Your children are probably familiar with Dahl’s stories such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and BFG.  His strange characters and interesting adventures makes one wonder what Roald Dahl himself was like!  Here is a FREE Unit Study to learn all about him:

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Stan Lee, American, 1922-2018

Stan Lee is one of the best known comic book writers of all time and can be super fun to study.  Think of all the movie studies you can incorporate!  There is a Who Was…biography for him and here is a 20 min. biography video.

Maya Angelou, American, 1928-2014

Maya Angelou was an amazing poet and memoirist.  While much of her well known work is appropriate for adults, she wrote poetry for children as well.  Some to start with are Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, Kofi and His Magic, or My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken and Me.  Your children can learn more about her life through her Who Was… biography and this short video. Listen to her read her poem, Still I Rise.

JK Rowling, British, 1965-

JK Rowling is of course known for her best selling Harry Potter series.  You can learn more about her through her Who Is… biography and this four minute video. If your children are Harry Potter Fans, they will want to check  out the Wizarding World website.

Which author study have you done before or which one are you looking forward to studying?  Who else would you add?  There are so many more!

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