My Favourite Author
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You are the Press Agent for a very successful author. Because your author's work is so well received, he/she receives hundreds of messages a day from fans asking all kinds of questions and requesting information about the many books that he/she has published. If the author answered all the fan mail received in one day, there would be no time left to write the next best selling novel. So the author has asked you to design a web site that his/her fans can access which will give them the answers to the many questions that they have been asking.
To satisfy his/her many readers, you design a web page which contains everything that anyone would ever want to know about the author and his/her works. You will write a welcoming letter for visitors to the site explaining the purpose of the site. You create a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) list of the most common questions asked about the author and his or her work. You will list the novels published by your author including at least one review that you write. You include a picture of the author on the site and, perhaps, a poster that you create advertising one of the author's books.
- Examples of FAQ http://www.ipl.org/youth/AskAuthor/Biographies.html
- Yahooligans! - Authors http://www.yahooligans.com/School_Bell/Language_Arts/Authors/
- Internet Public Library Youth Division: Authors http://www.ipl.org/youth/AskAuthor/Biographies.html
- IPL Youth Division: Author Links http://www.ipl.org/youth/AskAuthor/AuthorLinks.html
- SimonSaysKids - Meet The Brains http://www.simonsays.com/kids/mtb/mtb_author.cfm
- Authors & Illustrators on the Web http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/authors.html
- Author's birthdates gopher://lib.nmsu.edu/11/.subjects/Education/.childlit/.authors/.birthdates
- Children's Literature http://www.execpc.com/~tekk/Literature.html
- Authors & Illustrators http://www.users.interport.net/~fairrosa/cl.authors.html
Students will be graded on the quality of their writing as well as the content of their web site. Have you revised your writing so that your finished product is reflective of your best effort? Is the welcome message informative and does it create, in the reader, a curiosity to further explore the site. Does your book review generate interest in the novel without giving away too many details of the plot which would destroy the story? Is the FAQ list interesting and accurate? Is your book poster visually appealing?
While some students may choose to work in groups of two on this webquest, keep in mind that the content of the finished product must demonstrate the efforts of two students.
After completing this project, you will have learned a lot more about an author and his/her work than you knew at the beginning. In addition, your web site will create interest in the author's work and encourage others to read his/her works.
Notes To The Teacher
While this WebQuest calls for the creation of a webpage, this technology or expertise may not be available in your school. A newsletter could be an alternate format for this quest. For those teachers who would like to follow the webpage format, there are FREE web authoring tools available on the Internet. Two of the most popular ones are Netscape Composer which comes as part of Netscape Communicator and FrontPage Express which is a component of Microsoft Internet Explorer 4. Both tools function in the same way as word processing software and are very easy to use. A FREE website to host your "Author's Corner"can be obtained from Geocities.