Collaborators & Co-Authors: a videoconference with Patricia & Fredrick McKissack, Jr.

September 3, 2010

Children’s book authors, Patricia McKissack and her son, Fredrick McKissack, Jr., will conduct a 60-90 minute session about their collaboration on several books– Black Diamond, the Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues, Hard Labor, and the upcoming graphic novel, Nat Love, Cowboy. During the highly interactive session, the McKissacks will discuss how the team works to maintain consistency, sequence, form, and accuracy. Students will be asked to participate by answering a brief quiz that will identify who might be a good collaborator with them.

During the videoconference with students, the McKissacks introduces themselves and give brief biographical information including how they became collaborators. After a definition of “collaboration” and the many forms it can take, the McKissacks will focus on research writing first draft, editing, and final draft as they are affected by collaboration.  Time for questions and answers from the students will follow, along with a brief test to see who would be a good collaborator for you?

The goal of the project is to introduce students to the process that authors use to write and/or illustrate a book together. In addition, the project will encourage students to work with each other in the spirit of sharing, compromise, and respect for others’ thoughts and ideas.

At the end of the project students will be able to:

• Work together brainstorming to come up with ideas for writing a short story.
• Agree upon a story line.
• Create a draft of the story then hand it off to the writing partner (collaborator.}
• Analyze their writing with each other.
• Share their work through email with other collaborators.
• Revise their writing to conform to the correct standards of English.
• Prepare a finished manuscript (publish).

TIMES AND DATES will be published soon. This videoconference will be $300 per session. Interested?

Contact Rebecca Morrison at Cooperating School Districts in St. Louis, Missouri.

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