The Author and Her Book - General Presentation
This presentation is designed for library, school and girl scout visits.
30 - 45 minutes or 60 minutes with a ghost in the armoire craft
The presentation will:
tell about self -- when I started writing, career as a teacher, etc.
give synopsis of Diary of a Ghost
tell stories behind The Making of Diary of a Ghost
- Setting: research, fieldtrips, using information to develop my own fictitious town
- Gazebo: why I chose to have a gazebo, purpose of the gazebo
- Cover Designer: choices and changes to final design
Q & A
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The following classroom presentations are consistent with the Common Core Standards.
They will be adjusted for grades 3 - 7 and be 50 - 60 minutes
Beyond the 5Ws
When writing there are the basic questions that provide the answers that everyone wants and needs to know:
Who, What, When, Where, Why
An author needs to describe every scene with more information. S/he does it by adding more description using the 5 senses: See, Hear, Smell, Taste, Touch/Feel
These senses help to create the same picture in the reader's mind as the author has in her/his mind
by using specific nouns and adjectives.
This presentation will explain how the writer uses these sources:
we will do an experiment to show that all this information is necessary
examples will be given from Diary of a Ghost text
we will have a hands-on exercise of objects hidden in cloth bags and attempt to find a specific noun and supporting adjectives to describe what they think is in each bag. The exercise will show that through words we can communicate our ideas
Q & A
Knowing Your Characters
When writing a story an author will have a main character and many minor characters. Each has their own personality and traits. An author needs to know her/his characters as well as or better than s/he knows herself.
This presentation will explain a Character Profile:
show the Character Profile used for the main character from Diary of a Ghost
explain why your character must be fictional (NOT like someone you know)
stress the importance of a character being consistent in every scene througout the story
we will have a hands-on exercise in which students will invent a character of their choice with three characteristics/traits. Students will choose an item from a box of objects and write a short scene of their character using that object. (the items they choose will become their property)
the classroom teacher will be given a blank copy of the Character Profile I developed for my characters and the short version of the character profile used during this visit
Q & A
For more information, scheduling and prices contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org