From Idea to Book: grades 2-8, 45 minutes
In this humorous PowerPoint presentation, I share the process I go through to get and develop story ideas, how I write my first draft and finally, what kinds of techniques I use to revise. Many of the strategies shared are kid-friendly and student-tested from my days as a writing teacher in both elementary and middle school. By the end of the presentation students, and teachers, should have learned a few concrete strategies to help them with their own writing, as well as have a greater understanding of how an idea eventually grows into a book. I end up by reading my book, JOHN MUIR WRESTLES A WATERFALL. ( Please know that I am happy to go into more detail or emphasize certain stages of the writing process in order to support some of the skills and strategies that you are working on in your classroom.)
Author Visit Presentation for Primary Students: grades 1-2, 30 minutes I do a shorter version of the above presentation for K-1 students.
Writing Workshop 2-5 grade, 50 minutes
I also enjoy doing in-school writing workshops with smaller groups of students, usually 1-2 classes at a time. Let me know what you want me to focus the lesson on. I have done workshops with students on finding and narrowing down an idea, showing vs telling, and nonfiction research.
Feel free to email me with questions about the presentations and also for fees.