Classroom Freebies

How do Authors get Ideas for Books?

Try this fun activity with your students to encourage reading and writing. Students use resources such as author websites, author interviews, or the author's note at the end of a favorite book to discover how an author was inspired to write his/her book.

The activity is a literary scavenger hunt. When students learn the story behind the inspiration for a book, it not only helps the student build a stronger connection with the story, but it also encourages students to analyze the events around them to help find ideas for their own writing.

CLICK HERE to grab a student activity page and see a list of upper elementary chapter books that have fun backstories. You could use the book list as a starting point for the activity.

This activity would also work well at the beginning of the school year if the students had any required summer reading books.