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                     Patricia Polacco




                      Author Study
                      By: Kasey Will
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   1.   INTRODUCTION:
            I have chosen to do my author study on Patricia Polacco because while researching different authors I found that she
        is learning disabled. Patricia Polacco has dyslexia, I find it very honorable that even though she has a learning disability
        she has worked through it and become a very well known children’s author. My intended audience is 2 nd grade and the unit
        will last a whole week.




   2. GUIDING QUESTIONS:
           a.   How many books has Patricia Polacco written and illustrated?
           b.   What was the first book she wrote?
           c.   Are all of her books based from her own personal experiences?
           d.   Who was her inspiration for writing?




   3. ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
                     Patricia Polacco was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1944. She lived on a farm with her mother and
   grandparents, after her parents were divorced at the age of three. Patricia spent her summers with her father and the
   school years with her mother. She makes it clear on her website that she gets all of her inspiration for her books from her
   grandparents. It wasn’t until the age of 14 when Patricia learned how to read and was diagnosed with dyslexia, consequently
   she didn’t do well in school. Patricia pushed herself all through school and went on to get a PhD in art history. Surprisingly
   she didn’t start writing books until she was 41 years old and has written over 150 books. She now resided with her son and
   family in Oakland, California.
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   4. INTRODUCTORY LESSON PLAN:
          On the viz-cam I will put a picture of a document of what a dyslexic person would see while trying to read. I would ask a series of
   questions such as:
      1. Can you read what this says?
      2. Could you imagine seeing words like this all the time?
      3. Could you write books if you saw words like this all the time?

       Patricia is a famous children’s author and has dyslexia.

Then explain what an author study is and that we will be doing one on Patricia Polacco.
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   5.   ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY of AUTHORS WORK:




                            A family from Russia immigrated to the United States. The mother plans to make a quilt from a
                     basket of worn clothes, and thinks it will remind them of the ones they left behind in Russia. The quilt ends
                     up becoming something that gets passed down from one generation to the next. The quilt tells a story of a
                     families love and endurance.




                   A girl named Trisha moves to a new town and finds out her new class at her new school is known as the “The
              Junkyard.” When she meets her new teacher and classmates she quickly realizes they each are special in their own
              way.
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                     This is a touching story about two best friends, Marilyn and Traci, in Ms. Wichelman’s fifth grade class. The
              year is going great until Traci notices Marilyn is losing weight and is constantly tired. Marilyn has leukemia. Traci,
              Ms. Wichelman, and the rest of the class let Marilyn know they are there for her.




                     A girl named Mary Ellen is devastated when her family’s house burns down. All five of her dolls were inside,
              and lost them all. Her mother decides to make her a new doll and fills Mary Ellen’s heart with joy. Betty Doll then
              becomes Mary Ellen’s companion, she was by her side through out her life, as well as her children and
              grandchildren. When Mary Ellen finds out she has cancer she writes a note to her daughter, Tricia letting her know
              the whole story of Betty Doll as well as her love to Tricia.
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                     When Trisha's family moves from Union City to Battle Creek, her older brother makes her life miserable. He
              embarrasses her at school with rude, gross behavior and they fight over which is better, ice hockey or ballet.
              Trisha triple dares him in front of his friends to perform in her ballet recital. He has to accept, but does so only on
              the condition that she play on his ice-hockey team in the upcoming game. She learns the hard way how brutal the
              sport is, but manages to make the winning goal. Then it is her brother's turn to live up




                           Marmee, Meema, and the children are like any ordinary family. They live in a beautiful house, they
                     cook dinner, laugh, and dance together. Other people don’t see them as normal. People wonder how you can
                     have two moms and no dad, but they teach people it’s ok to be different. They have all that a family needs.
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                           This is a story about a girl and a horse. The girl is introduced to a lady named Mrs. Mack, who
                     teachers her how to ride and love a horse named Penny.




                           The Graves family goes on their annual camping trip and take along their animals including; bats,
                     spiders, and venus flytrap. While camping they discover a fire breathing dragon.




                           Patricia’s family forgot her birthday. Patricia’s dad had already made plans to go to the Clay Pit also
                     known as the scariest place on earth. To Patricia’s surprise they didn’t really forget her birthday, they had a
                     party up at the Clay Pit, with cake and presents.
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                            This is a story about a little girl named Emma Kate who has an imaginary friend. Emma Kate and her
                     imaginary friend do everything together. They walk to school, sit, sleep at each others house, do homework,
                     and got their tonsils out together.
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1A. Sunshine State Standards:                               1B. Goal 3 Standards
  LA.2.2.1.5: The student will respond to various
literary selections (e.g., biographies, poetry,             Creative and Critical Thinkers
fables, folk tales, legends), connecting text to
self (personal connection), text to world (social           Cooperative Workers
connection), text to text (comparison among
multiple texts);
LA.2.4.1.2: The student will compose simple
stories, poems, riddles, rhymes, or song lyrics.
LA.2.4.3.1: The student will draw a picture and
use simple text to explain why this item (food,
pet, person) is important to them.

2. Objectives (behavior, content, condition and criteria)



The student will recall facts previously learned about the author Patricia Palacco.

Students will: construct a visual and written representation about a family heirloom, that has been passed
down after reading “The Keeping Quilt”(evaluation)

The student will make predictions about Patricia Polacco’s book “The Keeping Quilt”
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3. Assessment & Evaluation (related to language needs and its impact on academic performance)


Initial –Remind students about the presentation about Patricia Polacco the previous day. Ask students to
recall any information about Patricia Polacco. Hold a class discussion about what the students learned about
the author.

Informal – The teacher will walk around the classroom to ensure student’s understand the directions and
will assist when necessary.

Formal – The teacher will evaluate student individual’s written/drawn representation of their family
heirloom.




4. Introduction to Lesson:                                 5. Materials


Personal Story:                                                   o   Book “The Keeping Quilt”
                                                                  o   Paper
On the viz-cam I will show my father’s snake                      o   Pencil
puzzle ring that was passed down from my                          o   Crayons
grandfather. I will explain what it is and why it                 o   Markers
is meaningful to my family.                                       o   Construction paper
                                                                  o   18 rubrics
                                                                  o   18 printed copies of the book “The Keeping
                                                                      Quilt”
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6. Technology Integration :   Viz-Cam


7. Teacher Presentation or Facilitation: (includes reviews and practice)




              Signal for silence
              Turn on the viz-cam
              “Does anyone know what an heirloom is?”
              “Does anyone have a family heirloom in there house?”
              Call on a few students to share
              Show the students my father’s snake puzzle ring on the viz-cam
              Explain it’s importance
              “This ring was passed down from my grandfather to my father. This ring is important to my
               family because my grandfather passed away at a young age , he died before me and my
               brothers were born. My grandfather had this ring custom made just for him. When it was given
               to my father it was not put together and for many many years he did not know how to put it
               back together. Just recently we finally figured out how to put it together correctly.”
              We are going to read the book “The Keeping Quilt” by Patricia Polacco”
              Pass out printed copies of “The Keeping Quilt”
              Walk through the book and have the students make predictions
              The teacher will read the book aloud and the students will follow along
              While reading stop to check for comprehension by asking questions
              When finished reading ask the students to think silently about a family heirloom they know of
               or something that means a lot to them and their family.
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               “I am going to pass out a piece of construction paper, you will draw a picture of the item that
               that is important to your family and other the other side you will write a paragraph explaining
               what the item is and why it is of importance.”
              Pass out the construction paper and all other materials necessary
              Give students ample time to complete
              The teacher will walk around the room to assist students when needed.
              When the students have finished they will stand at their desk and share their item and read
               their paragraph.
              After the each student is finished with their family heirloom representation we will attach
               each of the students work together to make a class quilt.
              The class quilt will be hung in the classroom
              “Thank you for being such great workers!”

8 Differentiated Instruction : (ESOL - Special Education - Diverse Learners)


   ESOL – These students will benefit from having directions and book translated into the students Native
   Language.

   ESE- Theses students will draw a picture of their family heirloom.

   Kinesthetic learners- I will pass around my father’s puzzle ring so they can see and touch it. The
   student will be drawing and writing about their item.

   Oral learners- These students will benefit from listening to the story being read aloud.

   Visual Learners- I am bringing in an example of something that is meaningful to my family. These
   students get to visually see what an example of an important family item as well as benefit from seeing
   the pictures in the book “The Keeping Quilt”
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Follow-up Reflection (completed after the lesson has been taught)



Content: What should I teach next or            Students: Who still needs support with this content?
reteach?
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1A. Sunshine State Standards:                                 1B. Goal 3 Standards
  LA.2.2.1.5: The student will respond to various
                                                              Creative and Critical Thinkers
literary selections (e.g., biographies, poetry,
fables, folk tales, legends), connecting text to
                                                              Cooperative Workers
self (personal connection), text to world (social
connection), text to text (comparison among
multiple texts);


2. Objectives (behavior, content, condition and criteria)
Students will recall being teased like Patricia Polacco did in the book “Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare.”

Students will: create their own non-fiction story with a setting, main idea, and characters


3. Assessment & Evaluation (related to language needs and its impact on academic performance)

Initial – The teacher will ask the students about experiences with teasing/ prior knowledge to what teasing is

Informal –The teacher will walk around the classroom to make sure that students understand the directions and staying on task.

Formal – The teacher evaluates individual stories the students created that include a setting, main idea, characters, and
illustrations.

4. Introduction to Lesson:                                    5. Materials
                                                                     o Book “Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare”
      Ask the students who has siblings                             o 18 pencils
      Ask the students if they have ever been teased by             o Markers
       a friend or sibling                                           o Crayons
      Read the book “Rotten Richie and the Ultimate                 o 18 blank story boards
       Dare”                                                         o 18 rubrics



6. Technology Integration : No technology needed for this lesson
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7. Teacher Presentation or Facilitation: (includes reviews and practice)
      Signal for silence
      Introduce the book “Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare”
      Ask the students “Who has had an experience being teased by a sibling or friend?”
      Arrange the students into 9 groups of 2 students.
      The students will partner read “Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare”
      Explain to the students one student will read 2 pages then the other student will read 2 pages and
       that will continue until they are finished. When the students are finished they will discuss what they
       read with their partner.
      The teacher will walk around to assist students when needed
      Give ample time for students to finish reading.
      When the students have finished the book ask them to think silently about an experience they have
       had with being teased by a sibling or friend.
      Explain to the students they will be constructing their own story about an experience with teasing.
      Show the students the storyboard sheets with 8 squares. The students will make their own story
       that must include a setting, main idea, characters, and illustrations.
      Go over what a setting and main idea are
      Pass out all materials necessary
      The teacher will walk around the classroom to assist students when needed.
      Allow ample time for students to work on their stories.
      When the students are finished with their stories the students will each share their story with the
       class.
      The students will be graded using a rubric.
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8. Differentiated Instruction  (ESOL - Special Education - Diverse Learners)
ESOL- I will group ESOL student who speak the same language so they can help each other.

ESE- I chose to partner read so students can help each other when needed.

Kinesthetic learners- These students will benefit by having the book in their own hands to read.

Visual learners- These students will benefit from having the directions written out so they can see and read them themselves if
needed.

Oral learners- These students will benefit from hearing their partner and themselves reading the book.



Follow-up Reflection (completed after the lesson has been taught)



Content: What should I teach next or             Students: Who still needs support with this content?
reteach?
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1A. Sunshine State Standards:                                 1B. Goal 3 Standards

LA.2.4.1.2: The student will compose simple                   Creative and Critical Thinkers
stories, poems, riddles, rhymes, or song lyrics.

LA.2.2.1.5: The student will respond to various
literary selections (e.g., biographies, poetry,
fables, folk tales, legends), connecting text to
self (personal connection), text to world (social
connection), text to text (comparison among
multiple texts);



2. Objectives (behavior, content, condition and criteria)

The student will be able to recall their favorite birthday celebration and write a paragraph describing it.

3. Assessment & Evaluation (related to language needs and its impact on academic performance)

Initial – finding the students experiences connected to the text.

Informal – The teacher will walk around the classroom to assist students when needed.

Formal – The teacher will assess an individual written/drawn representation about the student’s favorite birthday celebration.

4. Introduction to Lesson:                                    5. Materials
                                                                     o Book “Some Birthday”
      Put on a party hat                                            o Party hat
      Tell a personal story about when I was a little girl          o 18 pencils
       and thought my family didn’t care about my                    o Construction paper
       birthday.                                                     o Markers
                                                                     o Crayons
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                                                                     o     Colored pencils



6. Technology Integration : No technology needed



7. Teacher Presentation or Facilitation: (includes reviews and practice)
    Signal for silence
    Put on party hat
    Tell personal story about as a little girl I believed my family didn’t care about my birthday, but it
     turned out to be one of the most memorable.
    We are going to read the book “Some Birthday”
    Have all the students sit on the reading carpet
    The teacher will read “Some Birthday” as a read aloud.
    Show the book to the students and have them make predictions from looking at the cover
    Read the book
    After reading ask the students to silently think about their favorite birthday celebration
    “You will be writing a paragraph about your birthday celebration and illustrating it.
    Pass out all necessary materials
    The teacher will walk around to assist students if needed
    Allow ample time for students to complete their paragraph and drawing
    Once the students are done with their paragraph and drawing they will share their favorite birthday
     celebration with the rest of the class.
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8. Differentiated Instruction  (ESOL - Special Education - Diverse Learners)
ESOL- These students will benefit from having the book translated in their native language

ESE- These students will benefit from making a representation of their favorite birthday celebration in a drawing.

Kinesthetic learners- Will benefit by drawing and making their own representation of their favorite birthday celebration.

Visual learners- These students will benefit from having the directions written out, and seeing the other student’s
representation.

Oral learners- These students will benefit from hearing the teacher read the book aloud.



Follow-up Reflection (completed after the lesson has been taught)



Content: What should I teach next or             Students: Who still needs support with this content?
reteach?
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 6. CULMINATING ACTIVITY :


                 The students will put together all of their work that was written thought out the author study as a book. Each
    student will make a cover slip for their book and attach it how they choose. During the first activity the class made a class
    quilt, a picture will be taken of it as well as each student will write a letter to Patricia Polacco telling her which book was
    their favorite and what they learned about her. The teacher will collect all of the letters and the picture of the class quilt
    and send them to Patricia Polacco.




 7. WORK CITED:


                Kidsreads.com - Patricia Polacco. (n.d.). Kidsreads.com. Retrieved July 13, 2010, from
              http://www.kidsreads.com/authors/au-polacco-patricia.asp



               PATRICIA POLACCO .COM. (n.d.). PATRICIA POLACCO .COM. Retrieved July 10, 2010, from
         http://www.patriciapolacco.com/



               Welcome to CPALMS. (n.d.). Welcome to CPALMS. Retrieved July 10, 2010, from
         http://floridastandards.org/index
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 8. FEAPS REFLECTION :


               While doing this assignment I quickly realized it was a lot more difficult than I anticipated. I envisioned learning
 about a children’s book author and planning three lessons around three of their books. When I learned the lessons must be
 about the author I quickly realized this was going to be a lot harder than expected.

             Though out my author study project the first FEAP I learned about was planning which states plans, implements,
and evaluates effective instruction in a variety of learning environments. The indicators that best represent my experience
though doing this assignment are as follows. 10.7 Accesses and interprets information from multiple sources. During my project
I searched the internet for as much information on Patricia Polacco and checked out many of her books so I could get to know
as much as I could about the author. 10.13 Helps students develop concepts through a variety of methods. It was important that
I focused mainly on writing. The students were asked to recall certain memories or events and write about them. Patricia
Polacco’s books are written from experiences she had as a child then made them into stories.

            Another FEAP I learned about was Critical Thinking which states uses appropriate techniques and strategies,
which promote and enhance critical, creative, and evaluative thinking capabilities of students. The indicators that best
represents my experience through doing this assignment are as follows. 4.2 Identifies strategies, materials, and technologies,
which she/he will use to expand students’ thinking abilities. Throughout my lessons the students are asked to recall different
experiences and write about them. I just technology to show students my own personal experiences to get them engaged. 4.3
Has strategies for utilizing discussions, group interactions and writing to encourage student problem solving. During one of my
lessons I chose partner reading, the students really benefit from listening to each other read and helping when needed. The
students are also given the opportunity to share their work with their classmates.

        In conclusion, this assignment was definitely not as easy as I had anticipated. This whole semester has been a different
experience for me, I have had to learn how to not only think of writing one lesson plan but able to plan an entire unit, which is no
easy task for me.

				
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