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Author Study: Improving Reading Comprehension Using Inference and Comparison

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Seven 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Claudia Moberly

Claudia Moberly

Middleton, Alabama


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Computers with Internet access and printing capability

  • Selection of picture books by Paul Goble

  • Chart paper and markers

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This lesson is designed to move students along the comprehension continuum to middle and upper levels of comparison and inference. Support students still at the literal-understanding level with partnering or teacher support to ensure success.

1. Obtain and familiarize yourself with several books by Paul Goble. You will be dividing your class into groups of approximately four students each and will need one or two books for each group. If any of these books include a detailed author biography, cover up this text.

2. Make a copy of the Paul Goble Biography, the Paul Goble Biography Corrections, and the Biography Checklist for each student. Make two copies of the Biography Corrections Answer Key for each student.

3. Gather a collection of books by author/illustrators for students to use in writing their own biographies, ideally authors who have websites with biographies students can use. There are several ways to determine what author/illustrators you will use. You can brainstorm a list with students. The list might come from read-aloud books, independent reading, or reading series anthologies. You can then check the Authors & Illustrators on the Web list or do an online search to find websites.

If you prefer, you can create your own list of author/illustrators to use. Author links from Authors & Illustrators on the Web that are appropriate include:
Tedd Arnold

Ezra Jack Keats

Jan Brett

Robert Munsch

Eric Carle

Dav Pilkey

Tomie dePaola

Patricia Polacco

Mem Fox

Robert Quackenbush

James Gurney

Allen Say

Gary Harbo

Chris Van Allsburg

Anna Grossnickle Hines
Audry Wood
Once you have selected your list of author/illustrators, you should obtain two or three sample books for each one (see Session 4). If any of these books include a detailed author biography, cover up this text.

4. If you do not have classroom computers with Internet access, reserve three 45-minute sessions in your school's computer lab (see Sessions 3, 5, and 7). Visit Paul Goble and the other websites you will be using (see Steps 2 and 3) to make sure you are familiar with them and can guide students through them. Bookmark the websites you will use on your classroom or lab computers.

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