Don’t forget that in addition to her three part writing series and story hour sessions, Pat McKissack still offers her “talk shop” videoconferences on historical fiction and science fiction.

These one hour programs are for middle school and high school students, and will be available upon request. During the videoconference, Pat will talk with students on the ins-and-outs of writing either historical fiction or science fiction. Where does the writer start? What kind of brainstorming techniques does she find most useful? How does Pat research for her books? These questions, plus more, will be discussed between author and students.

This videoconference is $200* for New Links to New Learning members and $250* for nonmembers.

* Register for 2011 dates before December 23rd and receive 20% off your program!

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As part of her 60 minute Story Hour videoconference series through New Links to New Learning, author & storyteller Patricia McKissack will read her story The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll.

Elementary teachers, if you’d like to sign up for this holiday-themed videoconference on December 15, contact Rebecca Morrison at Cooperating School Districts by email: rmorrison@csd.org. The cost of this once a year program is $200 for New Links members, $250 for non-members. Please sign up for this program no later than December 6, 2010. There are three spots available for this session; as of November 5, two of them have been filled with classes. Please limited class size to 40 students or less.

On December 15, 2010 at 10 o’clock CT, Pat will share The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll with connecting children. This book is for students ages 5-8; “It is Christmas, and Nella is beside herself with excitement! She and her sisters have been given a real gift – a beautiful Baby Betty doll. But it’s hard to share something you’ve waited your whole seven-year-old life for, and Nella grabs the doll for herself. It isn’t long before she discovers that a doll can’t do the fun things she and her sisters do together. So, as Christmas day fades, Nella shares it with her sisters. Set in the Depression era South, here’s a heartwarming story that captures the essence of the holiday.” (Amazon.com)

This videoconference meets the following Missouri Standards: Communication Arts
In Communication Arts, students in Missouri public schools will acquire a solid foundation which includes knowledge of and proficiency in:
1. speaking/writing standard English (including grammar, usage, punctuation, spelling, capitalization)
2. reading and evaluating fiction, poetry and drama
5. comprehending and evaluating the content and artistic aspects of oral and visual presentations (such as story-telling, debates, lectures, multi-media productions)