Nevada teachers, librarians and community planners, good news! There is grant money from Nevada Arts Council available to bring Suzanne to your community.
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I am a former elementary school teacher as well as an author and so school and library visits are right up my alley. I’ve taught kindergarten, first grade, autistic kids, and sixth graders. I understand that different ages and different classes have different needs. Because of that, I like to plan each school visit individually, and to do separate presentations for younger children and older grades. Here are some ideas:
Fiction – grades four to eight – Fact in Fiction: ways I’ve used real experiences – interviews, travel, stories I’ve learned in my fiction. Ways research and personal experience will work in students’ writing. Will include power point of bull riders, Nevada, Canadian Arctic, Arctic Winter Games (for my next project.)
Grades K to three – since my books are for older kids, I adjust the presentation for the little ones. I tell stories I learned while writing my books, do some related rhymes and games, talk to them about how stories translate to writing, and writing becomes books. Many of the same visuals work with this age and I’ll bring props too. I can also talk to younger children about rodeo, Nevada, the desert (where Bull Rider is set), real cowboys and real Indians.
Non-fiction – I’ve been writing nonfiction for many years and so have a number of nonfiction presentations. The most popular one is Made in China, Chinese Inventions. It is an interactive presentation that features stories and experiments related to Chinese inventions. I first developed this presentation for the Pacific Science Center in Seattle so it’s full of content and active science demonstrations. Since then I have polished and added to it. (Groups of 60 to 120) I can also set up a classroom in stations where groups of 30 rotate through four or five hands on experiments.
Writing from the Heart - I’ve been a writer, a teacher, and I give both student and teacher workshops on writing. We can incorporate writing workshops for class sized groups or for teachers into your day.
Community involvement – ask me about ways to extend the author visit into a community project with your students working with veterans, or for literacy.