Author! Author!

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Oregon Common Core State Standards: 
Lesson Plan Details
2 weeks

Students will learn how to use Garageband. This technology will help motivate students to learn about the selected author (Beverly Cleary) and will give the students a creative way to share author reports.



Internet Connections/Browser if students will be searching for author information



To have more control over primary student searches, the teacher should put together a file labeled "Author Kit". The file can be saved on a flash drive and then loaded onto students desktops. This "Kit" could contain relevant author images/graphics, and important websites that contain research information about the author.

Paper storyboard organizer with 6 frames for author information/research.


Days 1-6 Students will research information about author Beverly Cleary and will write 6 factual storyboard frames about the author. These will be complete sentences.

Day 7 Students will then record/narrate each storyboard frame's information onto the computer via Garageband.

Days 8-10 Students will insert pictures to go with their biographical author research about Beverly Cleary.

Days 11-13 Students will add music, and sound effects to their Garageband movie about the author.

Day 14- Students will share their biograhical movies with classmates.


Students will save their permanent products which is their garageband movie. They wil show their garageband movie about the author to the teacher and their peers.

Oregon Educational Technology Standards
Creativity and Innovation: 
1B. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
Communication and Collaboration: 
2A. Interact and collaborate with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
2B. Effectively communicate and publish to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
2D. Contribute to project teams. Produce original works or solve problems in a team setting.
Research and Information Fluency: 
3A. Plan strategies to guide inquiry.
3B. Locate, organize and use information ethically from a variety of sources and media.
3C. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
3D. Analyze, evaluate, and summarize information or data and report results.
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making: 
4B. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
Digital Citizenship: 
5A. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and digital technology.
5B. Model and practice a positive attitude toward using digital technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
5C. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
Technology Operations and Concepts: 
6A. Select, use, and troubleshoot tools efficiently.
6B. Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.
Career Related Learning Standards
CR3A. Locate, process, and convey information using traditional and technological tools.
CR3B. Listen attentively and summarize key elements of verbal and non-verbal communication.
CR3D. Read technical/ instructional materials for information and apply to specific tasks.
CR3E. Write instructions, technical reports, and business communications clearly and accurately.
CR3F. Speak clearly, accurately and in a manner appropriate for the intended audience when giving oral instructions, technical reports and business communications.
Linda Vanderford's picture
I learned how to text message and make use of T9. Also, learned of some websites that I will share with colleagues and use in workshops. I feel that this was one of our most effective meetings as far as time on task goes.
Sarah Prudhomme's picture

I love this!!!!  I think this could be applied to so many other areas, like social studies, ect.