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Becoming Authors in Unit I

Unit I students are learning about authors, firsthand. As part of their literacy studies, the students have been reading and writing nonfiction books and making observations about the physical organization of books, and similarities and differences between the two genres. Unit I teacher Joan Claybourn has also pulled components of the students’ recent science unit on animal classification into their literacy work. “The students each chose an animal to research,” said Claybourn. “After researching, we made books to share with Ms. Linville’s class. Our books included a table of contents, introduction, information about the author, facts, a diagram, and glossary.”