November 5, 2012

Author's Technique Board (printables)

Hi everyone! I'm excited to share a new file with you this evening! And I'm linking up with my very creative friend Tara, over at 4th Grade Frolics for her Monday Made It...
So. This is not my original idea, just something we are using during our study of memoirs in Reader's and Writer's Workshop. 

In my class, we are calling this our Author's Technique Board...
(I used some different phrasing on each poster than the original board I learned about...I wanted to incorporate the word "technique" as we studied various elements).

How does it work?

As we read a book, we make observations of techniques used by the author (for instance, similes in Owl Moon). 

We then name the technique and discussed why it is used. 
We record the current book under "Used in These Books", leaving space for future titles that have this same technique.

The last category is "Try This Technique"...
This part is left open for students' names to be added (on sticky notes) when they have tried the technique. Again, not my original idea, but I know this is going to be so helpful for my class during our Writer's Workshop!

On a final note, I did make the cards small enough to fit on a foam board...

(black to set off the bright, but of course!). I decided to go with this board because, besides the fact I am running out of display space with all of our charts, I love how it's portable and can be moved to the carpet during mini-lessons, or to groups of students when needed.

If you would like to download a copy of this free file, please click on the image below. Please Note: This file is for personal use only...the posters are not meant to be recolored or altered in any way--thanks!
What kinds of displays do you like to use when studying authors' techniques? Thanks so much for visiting!! :)


  1. That is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    The Daily Alphabet

  2. These are beautiful and so resourceful!!! You are awesome as usual!!! Miss chatting with ya! Thanks for linking up:)))

    4th Grade Frolics

  3. Great job! Thank you for sharing!


  4. Love them! Your designs are just so beautiful!

  5. I love your author's technique posters. They turned out amazing!

    Fourth Grade Garden

  6. So not teaching related, but I LOVE the ring!
    First Grade and Fabulous

  7. I LOVE this! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Hooty's Homeroom

  8. This is a great idea! I have a small bulletin board that this would fit great on!
    Pure Joy

  9. Thank you for sharing these! We just finished an author study of Patricia Polacco so we will be adding some of her techniques to this board right away.
    What a great way to help the kids improve their writing!

  10. That is such a fantastic idea! And I LOVE that it can be portable, too. Thank-you so much, Kristen,

    Runde's Room

  11. I LOVE this! I just found out this week that I will be starting my student teaching come January! This is definitely going on my project list to put together before then! Thank you so much Kristen for always taking the time to share these wonderful ideas! I am packed and ready for my student teaching with so much information I have learned from you! This newbie so appreciates you!!!


  12. These are great Kristen! I love how you have made the board portable...will definitely be including this in my room :)

    Teaching in Room 6

  13. Love! I can't wait to make and display this board!


  14. Such a great idea, Kristen. I love how you mounted it on foam board so that it is portable. I'm going to have to "borrow" that idea, too. Love the ring, too ;)

    Fun in Room 4B

  15. You know my district has a few lessons like this in our writing curriculum but with different language obviously. They make it an anchor chart and it is always kind of blah. This has so much pizzazz I love it. The only difference I would make would be to add a picture of the text/ front cover for my little kids that can't read.

    Love the portable board deal. I do some of that during the year with some of our theme stuff. It's wonderful to be able to move and tuck away if needed.

    Your so brilliant. :) Miss chatting my friend. Hope to catch up with you soon.

  16. What a great idea! I do so many mini-lessons with Reading Workshop and am struggling to manage the cafe board. I feel like my kids don't use it either. This is so much easier, as it really puts it out there for kids to USE the strategies, since the transfer from lessons in reading barely show up in my kids' writing. Thanks so much for sharing!

    YoungTeacherLove 5th Grade Blog

  17. Everything you do is so PERFECT, Kristen! And two more comments...1) LOVE that ring in the picture;) 2) Your pictures are absolutely always!
    The Moffatt Girls

  18. WOW, it's BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!! I can't stop looking at it. :)

  19. These signs are AWESOME!! I have a favor to ask...our district uses the word "craft" instead of "technique". Would you mind making a set with "crafts"? I would pay you for it! :)

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful products,
    Mary Hall Lester

  20. I love all of your stuff!!! So beautiful:)