Pseudonym Worksheets

Related ELA Standard: RL.6-7.3

Core Standard

A pseudonym is a false name that is used by writers when publishing their own work. Authors will use this technique when they want shield themselves or add a sense of mystery which can often improve their chance for success. Sometimes a writer may simply want to try something new if they are famous for writing in specific genre and they want to attempt a different genre this give them a way to protect their legacy. In the nineteenth century many female authors needed to use pseudonyms of men in order to get published due to the politics of the time period. There are even cases where an upcoming author shares the name of established writer or renowned cultural personality so they would choose to use a pseudonym to carve their own path for themselves. These worksheets will explore the use of pseudonyms in literature.