Author Visits

 

HAVE SOME FUN WRITING!

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Students at Corvian Community School

 

WRITING WORKSHOPS/ Author Visits!

I’m a former elementary/middle school teacher with over 20 years experience, and I’ve learned as much from my students as they’ve learned from me! I’d love to present a writing workshop to your school or group. I’m excited to offer the following writing workshops for schools, grades 4-8:

1) Creating Memorable Characters– How do authors create characters that the reader will stick with right to the end of the story? In this fun and interactive workshop, students will use prewriting techniques to create well-rounded characters. We will also study examples of characters we love and discuss that magic ingredient that makes us want to follow the character anywhere.

2) Revision to the Rescue! You’ve written a rough draft, and now you’re ready to check spelling and punctuation and type up a final draft. But wait! You’ve forgotten the most important part– the art of revision!

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll take one of your rough drafts and learn to work with a critique partner, giving and receiving constructive criticism just like a professional author. You’ll then learn to use revision techniques to improve and strengthen your story.

3) Squishy, Dazzling, Smash-Boom-Pop! In this sensory approach to descriptive writing, students will explore their 5 senses and learn to write descriptive passages that bring the setting to life for the reader.

4) The Road to Publication– I’ll share my journey to publication, beginning with the spark of an idea up to an offer of a publishing contract. This presentation will answer the question: “What does it take to get published?” It will include some interactive student participation as well as Q & A .

 

DETAILS ABOUT AUTHOR VISITS!

 

My honorarium is $200/day for local schools which includes 4 presentations, lasting 45-60 minutes each. IN CMS, grant money is available for workshops through the Arts & Science Council.

Journey to Publication can be presented to multiple classes at the same time, but workshops are best suited for individual classrooms.

I would love to sign books for students and will be glad to direct you to a local bookseller to order books!

I will need a Smart Board or projector for my presentation.

For a short time, I am offering *FREE* author visits (Journey to Publication) when books are preordered.

If you are looking for a different type of workshop to suit your students’ needs, please let me know.

Please contact me with any questions or comments: mspitzerfranklin@gmail.com

 

COMMON CORE STANDARDS

1) Creating Memorable Characters:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3 Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3.a Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3.a Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.6 Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.6 Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.6 Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.3.a Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.3.a Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequenceriences and events.that unfolds naturally and logically.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.3.d Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.3.a Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.3.d Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.

2) Revision to the Rescue! CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.5 With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.5 With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.5 With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.

3) Squishy, Dazzling, Smash-Boom-Pop!

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3 Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.3.b Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3.d Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3.d Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.3.d Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to convey experiences and events.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.3.d Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.3.d Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.