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We have several authors and illustrators who enjoy meeting and speaking
with readers about their work, and about reading and writing.
If you are interested in inviting an author/illustrator to visit your
community in person, or via Skype please contact McBookwords.
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Large group presentations by the author are often
combined with writing or reading workshop sessions during a day's visit
to a school. At times a partial day at a school is combined with an
evening presentation for the community at the school or at a public
library. Carol's presentations are also well suited for writers and
|Making a Living Telling Secrets and Lies
Where do you get your ideas? How many times do you revise? How did you get your start as a writer? This session, called Making a Living Telling Secrets and Lies, emphasizes how she uses bits and pieces from her life, but change them to suit the stories she tells.
Audience: Large/Small groups Age: adaptable to grades 2-12
Reading Discussions and Writing Workshops:
Popular discussion/instructional sessions (suited for smaller groups) include writing workshops or reading workshops. In the writing sessions,
limited to a maximum of 30 students, the author and students focus on a
key component of writing: the opening hook, voice, characterization,
sensory detail, or metaphor/simile. The sessions begin with many
examples, taken from the best of literature, that model these important
elements. A discussion of what choices the author made to create
effective lines or scenes. Then students have the opportunity to use
what they've learned to compose their own pieces of writing.
The workshop's message is this: reading
great books can teach us how to be good writers. If we look closely--if
we read the way writers read--we can learn how effective writing is
In the reading sessions,
recommended for up to 90 students who have read a specific book, the
author and students discuss specific components from the particular
book. Each book seems to lend itself to a particular topic.
Stumptown Kid -- racism, negro league baseball, Civil Rights Era.
-- "Civil Rights -- How Far Have We Come? Or Not?" -- This book makes a
dramatic backdrop for discussing the Civil Rights era and the status of
civil rights today. Carol engages readers in a discussion of the
research for this book,and shares personal anecdotes and insights that
will promote thinking and action to further progress toward equality
Games -- bullying, anti-bullying strategies
Anti-bullying Curriculums will want to include Games: A Tale of Two Bullies; discuss with the author the story behind this insightful novel.
Dork books -- perceptions of a "dork," self-perception, student behavior, and other topics related to middle grade students.
Many states are including mandates to focus on bullying prevention and
to provide instruction in identifying what characteristics define a
bully, how to avoid bullying situations, and proactive management when
a bullying situation occurs. In searching for appropriate activities
for opening dialogue about bullying, many districts/schools are
electing to begin their focus on involving their students in a dialogue
about the topic. Many schools have found that an all-school read with
a follow-up visit by the author is a great way to stimulate a dialogue
and open discussion about the topic. A great beginning to helping
students know that they can recognize bullying when they observe
situations and that they have the power to be proactive in helping
their peers on both sides of the bullying situation.