|Virtual Author/School Visits via Skype available also!|
RACHELLE'S AUTHOR VISIT PROMISES TO:
- Motivate students to read, write and express themselves
- Reinforce classroom instruction (compatible with Common Core)
- Help students to approach revisions with a positive attitude
- Demonstrate the rewards of perseverance
- Offer students a chance to experience the joy and excitement of meeting a local author
~PARENT / FAMILY PROGRAMS: Build your own family program! Mix and match:
#1: "Fostering a Family Reading/Writing Culture": Enlightening and entertaining evening assembly that shows parents and children how to bring reading and writing into their every day lives in simple, fun ways--even for the reluctant readers and writers. Examples provided in a lively, humorous presentation; handouts with tips are provided to parents. This program is popular for Family Night events, especially after a school assembly day.
WRITING RODEO!--"A bumpy but exciting ride!" Focuses on the revision process, adding detail, choosing livelier verbs, and integrating dialogue.
~PRESCHOOL and KINDERGARTEN: Special Author Visit programs for the very young; includes storytelling and/or book reading following age-appropriate presentation about making stories. Rachelle touches on the importance of curiosity, creativity, and imagination. With a lively and often hysterical PowerPoint presentation, the author talks about how story ideas are born, and how even the youngest child can create a book.
~ PERSONAL ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOP: Originally designed to help students write personal narratives for applications to private high schools or college, with a proven record of success. Helpful in all aspects of essay writing (click here for details)
~STORYTELLING programs for ages 2-7 :
~A MAGICAL introduction to engage the students and keep them laughing till the end.
~A peek at the author's comical life which includes concurrent careers as a clown, storyteller, social worker, rescue squad volunteer, and writer. (message: Open your mind--You can be anything you want to be.)
~She takes the audience on the journey from her first cardboard-and-scrap-paper book (age seven), to her first book publication and her work as a science writer (and to think she disliked science as a child!)
~THE EXCITEMENT AND FUN OF RESEARCH!
~The limitless ways to come up with intriguing story ideas.
~Through a brief look at Tree House in a Storm (inspired by her real childhood experience of surviving a hurricane) and her other books, she discusses how a writer often combines real and fictional events when writing a story.
~BRAINSTORM! Grades 3+ can enjoy an energetic group writing activity to demonstrate story "sparks"and plot development.
~Q & A period.
~Classroom Guides and various activities related to specific books can be found by clicking on the specific book covers in the left column. You can also find a full sheet in the "preparing for your visit" link on the right.
~BOOK ORDERS: Books can be ordered ahead of time, although some will also be available for purchase the day of the program.
Here are some ideas for funding sources:
- District funds
- Title 1 funds
- Community sponsors such as:
- Friends of the Library, etc. may donate funds to pay for an author visit.
- Service clubs like Rotary, Lions, and Kiwanis
- Local business are sometimes willing to help fund a special school event.
- Grants – Teachers and/or librarians may apply for literacy grants. Check out:
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