Ms. Kieran's 8th Grade Author Study

To create a lifelong love of reading, Ms. Kieran's 8th Grade Language Arts classes were asked to immerse themselves in the reading of one author throught the school year. Throughout the year, students returned various parts of the assignment, but the last portion was to review the books and share their opinion of the authors for students who would later participate in this project.

In collaboration with Ms. Keller, the librarian, students learned some of the basics of CyberSafety and then posted their reviews onto our library wiki.


Sample Author
Todd Strasser



Meg Cabot
Sarah Dessen
Sharon M. Draper
Virginia Hamilton
Margaret Peterson Haddix
S.E Hinton
Will Hobbs
Richard Peck
Alex Flinn
Jacqueline Woodson
Jerry Spinelli
Judy Blume
Gail Giles
Anthony Horowitz
Sonya Sones
Gail Giles 2
Joan Lowery Nixon
Vivian Vande Velde

Scott Westerfeld
English Language Arts Standards
E1a, E1b, E2b, E3a, E3b, E4a, E4b, E5a, E5b

Common Core Standards:
Reading Standards for Information Texts
2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
  • Grade 8: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
9. Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
  • Grade 8: Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.
10. Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
  • Grade 8: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Writing Standards:
1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.