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November 21, 2008

Menlo Students FlickrWhat will the students come up with? Next week is the first session of Patricia McKissack’s Creative Writing series where the author and participating students interact with one another over videoconference. The students received a copy of Pat’s new book, Stitchin’ and Pullin’ so I’m sure that will be a topic of discussion!
Menlo Students FlickrDuring this session, Pat will talk to the students about becoming and author and the work that goes into creating quality stories. Based on her previous dicussion with their teacher, she’ll assign the students a writing exercise that they are to complete by the final videoconference, which will be December 16- allowing them plenty of time to work. In the final videoconference, the kids will share their work with Pat and their peers, waiting to hear feedback.

(photos by Menlo School at found at Flickr’s Creative Commons)

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November 17, 2008


votes-for-women mckissack coverto establish justice“America was founded on the idea of liberty for all. But it has not always achieved that ideal. To Establish Justice is an honest and powerful examination of the Supreme Court’s role in legalizing—or negating—civil rights for various groups. From the struggles of Native Americans at the country’s birth to the African American civil rights movement of the 1960s, from the vote for women to the internment of the Japanese during World War II, To Establish Justice shows how the Supreme Court has paved the way for both justice and discrimination, and how this important arm of our government has impacted all of our lives.” (Random House). Pat McKissack and Arlene Zarembka’s book examines the role the Supreme Court plays in shaping the civil rights for various people of all ages, races and nationalities. Their videoconference series is a further discussion of these important issues as well as a writers workshop. Scheduled in February and March of this year, what a great way to continue many of the discussions your class has had about politics this fall!

Fact vs. Opinion with Arlene Zarembka

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 –
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4 pm (teachers meet with authors)
Tuesday, March 3, 2009-
1 or 2 pm (authors meet with students)
Tuesday, March 17, 2009-
1 or 2 pm (authors meet with students)

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All times listed are central- Pat and Arlene videoconferences live from St. Louis, Missouri at Cooperating School Districts. The cost for each series is $650 for New Links to New Learning members, and $750 for non-members. For information on New Links to New Learning, click here.

(all images taken from book cover of To Establish Justice)

by Menlo School (Flickr)

Tomorrow is the first session Pat McKissack will have with Marvin Elementary of the Ritenour School District. Topic: Creative Writing! I’m looking forward to hearing what kind of stories the participating students write. To see past student work, click here.