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Connecting with Young Adult Authors through Writing

 

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Connecting with Young Adult Authors through Writing

Grades 9 – 12
Activity Time Two to three hours (can be spread over multiple days)
Activity Author

Jennifer Buehler, Ph.D.

Jennifer Buehler, Ph.D.

St. Louis, Missouri

 
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English
 

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Activity Description

Some books move teen readers deeply. A book may help a teen gain perspective on a personal experience, become more aware of an important issue, or develop a sense of understanding for the experiences of others. Sometimes a book's impact is so great that teens seek a connection with the book's author. This activity guides teens in reaching out to authors of books they love by composing personal letters or connecting to authors through their websites or blogs.

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Why This Is Helpful

Writing in response to reading provides teens with another way to make sense of their reactions to a book. Writing to an author gives teens an audience for their thoughts and a way to become more knowledgeable about the author's approaches to writing and publishing.

This activity was modified from the ReadWriteThink lesson plan "Joining the Conversation about Young Adult Literature."

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