Creative Writing Coming Up!

September 24, 2007

Creative Writing Videoconference Series 
Oct. 17 teacher 4 - 5 pm 
Nov. 7 student I 9:30 am -12 pm 
Dec. 5 student II 9:30 am -12 pm
Teachers, contact me if you are interested in signing up!
rpolityka@csd.org
 

Pat’s books

September 18, 2007

Porch LiesTeachers, want to read some Patricia McKissack books before signing up for one of her videoconferences? Here is a small sampling of the diverse books Pat (some her husband Fred) have written over the years:

  •  Flossie and Fox
  • Porch Lies
  • The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural
  • Can You Imagine?
  • To Establish Justice (co-authored by Arlene Zarembka)
  • May Dear’s Aprons
  • Mirandy and Brother Wind
  • Ain’t I A Woman? A Biography of Sojourner Truth
  • Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters
  • Black Diamond
  • Bugs!

Mrs. McKissack’s Creative Writing series begins in October. Teachers, if you are interested in having your students participate in the three-part videoconference, contact Rebecca Polityka at 314-692-1274.  Here’s the breakdown  of the program:

  • First, Mrs. McKissack meets over videoconference with the teachers, usually after school, to discuss what will happen during the actual author visit.
  • Second, Ms. McKissack meets with the students over videoconference and conducts the pre-arranged lesson.
  • Third, Mrs. McKissack meets again with the students over videoconference to give them feedback about what they have written in response to their assignment.
Primary grades (1-3): 

  • the writing process
  • how an author writes a story
  • coming up with ideas
  • drafting a story, revising
  • coming up with a title
  • beginnings, middles, and endings
  • the publishing process
  • rhyming schemes

Intermediate grades (4-6); all of the above plus:

  • character development
  • researching for writing
  • types of genres in writing (biography, fiction and non-fiction, diary format, etc.)
  • plot development
  • descriptive writing

Middle and High School 

  • In depth coverage of the above topics plus any other topics that teachers might want covered
  • Supplemental books by Patricia McKissack would be at a higher reading level