From the Archives…

May 26, 2011


originally posted September 12, 2008

According to Barnes&, these are their 10 top selling books authored by Patricia C. McKissack:

What is your favorite on the list?

Posted by Rebecca Morrison

Filed in Books ·Tags: , , , , , ,


From the Archives…

May 26, 2011

Author’s Visit Learning Objectives

originally posted December 6, 2007

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.

Posted by Rebecca Morrison

Filed in Videoconferences ·Tags: , ,

From the Riverfront Times blog: “Here’s your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending May 1, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd’nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue’s News. This week’s St. Louis bestseller list is packed with books by actual St. Louisans.”


1.   You Are My Little Cupcake by Amy E. Sklansky
2.   The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3.   The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
4.   Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
5.   Who is Coming? by Patricia McKissack
6.   My Daddy and Me by Amy E. Sklansky
7.   Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama
8.   Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
9.   Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
10.  Ana’s Story by Jenna Bush