One of the real perks of being a writer is getting to visit in libraries and classrooms to talk with students about the process of writing a book. It is so exciting to get their imaginations fired up and see what we can create together.
There are things you can do as well to make the most of an author visit for your students and for your class time. Here are some ideas to help you make the most of our time together.
For workshops, tables and chairs help the students work at their best. And if Iíll be there for the day, I enjoy having lunch with the students or teachers. Add me to the cafeteria list!
I do require teachers to remain with their students both for safety and attention issues and to enhance the benefit for the teachers who plan to follow-up on the presentation material. I also provide additional handouts and resources for teachers and librarians.
Book sales are also an option and Iím always willing to sign books that students bring along.
Talk about idioms (a teacher guide is available here).
Go through a variety of picture books and discuss topics, the style of the pictures, how many pages they might have, etc.
As for the rest, itís always fun to see what exciting things teachers and students come up with! Things other schools have done:
An author visit can be an exciting opportunity to encourage your students in their reading and illustrating skills. If you have any questions, please donít hesitate to contact me!
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