Registration Note: If you are interested in Fact vs. Opinion, please sign up with CSD by January 23rd.  If you are interested in Historical Fiction/ Biography, please sign up with CSD by February 6th. 


The goal of the project is to introduce students to the process that authors use to write & illustrate a book, as well as engage them in writing activities themselves that mirror this process.

At the end of the videoconference series students will be able to:
– Use brainstorming and invention techniques to come up with ideas for writing.
– Use a journal to record their observations of places, people, and lists of facts from which they draw to write stories.
– Discriminate between different types of audiences.
– Create a story line.
– Understand character development and create their own characters.
– Understand descriptive techniques in writing and write descriptive paragraphs.
– Create multiple drafts of their work and share them through peer editing.
– Analyze their writing and that of other students.
– Share their work through email with the authors and with each other.
– Evaluate the writing of others and give constructive feedback.
– Revise their writing to conform to the correct standards of English.

Biography Writing

December 6, 2007

Patricia McKissack has written many biographies- subjects including Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King, Jr., Satchel Paige, Zora Neale Hurston, and Sojourner Truth. For a list of specific titles and more biographies, visit this link.

In her Historical Fiction/Biography videoconference series, Pat shares with students her experiences writing biographies and historical fiction- the type of preparation and research that goes into it. This series can be geared toward elementary through high school, depending on who connects and when. Don’t miss out! Contact Rebecca for more information: