Curriculum Connections

Connecting Past Best Practice with the Present Standards.

By Marsha Mielke, MLIS

Hosting an author is the ideal learning experience for students of all grade levels. Author visits support student engagement and motivation in all aspects of reading, writing and illustrating. From the view of college and career readiness, students have the opportunity to learn about the craft of writing, research process and publishing, Curriculum that supports an author visit well naturally supports various Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening Common Core State Standards (CCSS), located at

As a host school for the Humboldt County Author Festival, your author will be well prepared to present to and interact with your students. Prepared students who have had a chance to read/hear the author’s works and interact with the ideas the author has created will experience a more meaningful visit.

An author study has been a common teaching approach where students are given a chance to survey an author’s works. Having an author visit to a school site provides a perfect opportunity for teachers and librarians to integrate activities in the classroom that focuses on an author. These activities may be classroom based or school wide and are aimed at enhancing the author visit while integrating CCSS based curriculum.

The purpose of this site is to lead site coordinators, teachers and parents to author links to classroom activities to support a successful visit.