Author Visits: Workshops, Programs and Assemblies for Children
As a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and author of over fifty books for children, I love to be in schools, reading with readers, writing with writers, and talking with kids about things that interest them. Be it in a library, gym, or multipurpose room, each presentation is interactive, with a song and moment, and I bring along my guitar and talking drum whenever possible.
Everyone’s a Writer Assembly 3-6
In this assembly I present my favorite books, as well as my most popular books. I talk to kids about choosing topics for writing, about the process of writing, and about persevering in the face of challenges. I also give time for questions and answers, as well as a song and movement activity or two.
STEM-related Author Assemblies Grades 1-6
How Heavy? How Tall? Wacky Comparisons (Grades 1-2)
Comparisons, standard units, non-standard units…
Two read alouds, a guessing game, a giant bear, and a banana board
Mr. Sounds and the Chocolate Donut (Grades 2-5)
Vibrations, pitch, frequency, materials and the sounds they produce
Lots of instruments, multi-voice poetry, weird sounds, and a very loud gong
Fan Fiction and Non-Fiction (Grades 3-6)
Pick your character, do your research, create a story that informs
Features history and math with Scooby Doo, animal tracks and insects with Yogi Bear, and chemical reactions and magnets with Wile E. Coyote.
Classroom-based Writing Workshops and Author Programs
Author to Author: General Writing Workshop (Grades 1 - 6)
As a teacher and an author, I'm well-sutied for teaching a classroom of students
how to think and write like an author. Discussion points include:
* Brainstorming a list of topics; writing about what you know
* Identifying your reason for writing; making a plan
* Staying on topic
* Describing "little moments"
* Stretching sentences with prepositions and conjunctions
* Varying sentence length
* Leads and conclusions
* Writing is revising
* Writing for readers
Writing, Speaking, and Performing Poetry Workshop (Grades 3-6)
Read alouds, dramatic readings by actors, speaking and performing poetry, and writing
your own poetry
STEM-related Program (Grades K-1)
For young children, I sing a song or two, do an activity with the kids, and
engages them with a selection of read alouds from two books geared for young
children. Program length is 30 minutes. Program includes:
Gears Go, Wheels Roll
Transportation, the science and work of gears and wheels
A read aloud, a brainstorm activity, a song with movement, and more
Bubbles Float, Bubbles Pop
Matter, gases, bubbles in nature
A read aloud, a song with movement, and bubbles!
I request that each assembly be held to 150 children or less. Classroom-based workshops typically take place in classrooms of 22 to 28 children. For availability, assembly prices and related travel fees, please contact me through the contact page on this web site.