Florida National University Author Kevin Henkes Stories Perception Worksheet You will need to choose a Children’s Literature author and one story that he/s
Florida National University Author Kevin Henkes Stories Perception Worksheet You will need to choose a Children’s Literature author and one story that he/she has written. Once you have chosen this author and the story, you will use the attached guidelines in order to complete your Author’s Report.The first page is information on the author. The second page, Reading for Meaning, are questions you need to answer on a book/story written by the author you chose. All questions might not have answers based on the story, but answer as many of them as you can. Authors Worksheet
Directions: Answer the questions about the author you have chosen. Make sure you write
your answers in complete sentences. You must complete the Reading for Meaning handout
(DESCRIPTION side) as well.
1. Who is the author and where does he/she live?
2. Write a paragraph describing the author’s background information.
3. What are two books this author has written?
4. After reading one of your selected author’s books, in your own words, write a one
paragraph summary of that particular book.
Reading for Meaning
After you’ve read a text/story once, use the following set of questions to guide your rereadings of the text/story. The question on the left-hand side will help you describe and
analyze the text; the question on the right hand side will help focus your response(s).
Describe the author’s overall purpose (to
inquire, to convince, to persuade, to
negotiate or other purpose)
Is the overall purpose clear or muddled?
How did the essay or text actually affect
you: did the author’s purpose succeed?
How does the author want to affect or change
Was the author’s actual purpose different from
the stated purpose?
Who is the intended audience?
Are you part of the intended audience?
What assumptions does the author make
about the reader’s knowledge or beliefs?
Does the author talk to or talk down to the
From what context or point of view is the
III. Thesis and Main Ideas
What question or problem does the author
Where is the thesis stated?
What is the author’s thesis
Are the main ideas actually related to the
What main ideas are related to the thesis?
Do key passages convey a message different
from the thesis?
What are the key moments or key passages
in the text?
What assumptions (about the subject or about
culture) does the author make?
Are there problems or contradictions in the
What bothers or disturbs you about the essay?
Where do you agree or disagree?
IV. Organization and Evidence
Where does the author preview the essay’s
Where did you clearly get the author’s signals
about the essay’s organization?
How does the author signal new sections of
Where were you confused about the
What kinds of evidence does the author use
(personal experience, descriptions,
statistics, other authorities, analytical
reasoning, or other).
What evidence was most or least effective?
Where did the author rely on assertions rather
than on evidence?
V. Language and Style
What is the author’s tone (casual,
humorous, ironic, angry, preachy, distant,
academic, or other)?
Did the tone support or distract from the
author’s purpose or meaning?
Are sentences and vocabulary easy, average
Did the sentences and vocabulary support or
distract from the purpose or meaning?
What words, phrases, or images recur
throughout the text?
Did recurring works or images relate to or
support the purpose or meaning?
Remember that not all these questions will be relevant to any given text, but one or two of
them may suggest a direction or give a focus to your overall response.
When one of these questions suggests a focus for your response to the reading, go back to
the text to gather evidence to support your response.
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