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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.

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St. Louis author Patricia McKissack teaches students how to write via interactive videoconference. During hands-on and highly interactive sessions through Cooperating School Districts’ New Links to New Learning, students discuss plot, themes, character development and more.

This spring is the Creative Writing-Science Fiction workshop.
Dates and times (always central) for this three-part series are:
4 p.m. on 4/13 – teacher meeting
11 a.m. on 4/27 – student meeting I
11 a.m. on 5/11 – student meeting II

In a series of three videoconferences, Mrs. McKissack customizes for any grade level and any part of the writing process. In the first videoconference, the author meets with the teachers to discuss the goals of the author visit and the science fiction book she will be presenting, The Clone Codes.

In the first videoconference with students, Mrs. McKissack introduces herself and gives a brief biographical background including how she came to be a writer. Then, she goes into a lesson, which could focus on brainstorming, revision, or any other area that the teachers have agreed upon. Time is left for questions and answers from the students. The author then makes a science fiction writing assignment to the students. When they get back together in the last videoconference, she gives them feedback about their writing.

Pat @ ComputerAs of mid-April 2009, here are the top five visited posts for Patricia McKissack’s Writer’s Workshop Blog, Can You Imagine?

5.  Summer Book Recommendations

4.  2008 Winter Holidays Around the World Workshop

3.  ‘Tis the Season…

2.  pics to post, question to answer

1.  Citizenship & The Constitution

CSD vc Today Patricia McKissack’s videoconference with Wyland Elementary had monsters! Leprechauns!

The students in Stacey Wilson’s class took turns sharing their work with Mrs. McKissack, and she offered feedback and praise on the writing. Being that we connected on March 17, it was only appropriate a guy dressed in green- a leprechaun if you will- pop into class and visit the kids during the videoconference. That was only a momentary distraction, and the kids got back on target right away. This program wrapped up the three part series. After the students have revised their work, they will share the final product with Mrs. McKissack.

Connecting tomorrow

March 16, 2009


Mrs. McKissack presents to Wyland Elementary students

Tomorrow St. Louis author Patricia McKissack will have her third New Links to New Learning videoconference connection with Stacy Wilson’s students at Wyland Elementary. Stacy reports the creative writing is going well: “They are doing a great job with it. I am going to have all of the students make a class book with their writing.” We’re looking forward to reading it!

This videoconference series wraps up Pat’s 2008-09 schedule.

Pat listensPat reactsPat on screenPat smiles

Today Pat McKissack had the pleasure of hearing the written work of Cynthia Kammien’s students. Here are a few snapshots of the videoconference. Later this month, she’ll work with another group from the Ritenour School District on their Creative Writing.

Menlo Students FlickrMenlo Students Flickrby Menlo School (Flickr)

This Thursday, Pat McKissack will connect to the kids at Ritenour for their final Creative Writing session (the previously scheduled videoconference was postponed to due bad weather). In this session the students will share their writing with Pat and she’d give them feedback on their work. The district is already signed up for another round this spring- we still have some space left, so if you are interested, contact me ASAP.

All photos of students were found on Flickr’s Creative Commons.

Top Blog Posts

pics to post, question to answer

‘Tis the Season…

Citizenship & The Constitution

Summer Book Recommendations

About this blog

Author Visit Videoconference Format

 Winter Holidays Around  the World dates have  been set:
 Teacher Session: November  4, 2008 @  4 pm CT
 Student Session I:  November  25, 2008 @  9:30  or 11 am CT
 Student Session II:  December  16, 2008 @  9:30  or 11 am CT

 Students in past  videoconference connections  have written about several  winter holidays, including (but  not limited to) Chinese New  Year, Ramadan, and Kwanzaa. 

Award winning author Patricia McKissack shares with students her expertise when in comes to writing, and tells participants about her holiday book, Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters. This illustrated book, for children ages nine and up, compares the preparations between the plantation mansion and the slave quarters leading up to Christmas celebrations.

During the first videoconference, Pat will talk with the participating teachers about what they are doing in class and how this videoconference relates to their curriculum. In the second and third videoconferences, Pat interacts directly with the students. In the final connection, students will have an opportunity to share their work with their peers and Pat. Pat offers her praise and critique of the work, though often encouraging students to revise and rewrite! 

To have your class sign up for this interactive videoconference series, contact Rebecca Morrison at Cooperating School Districts to learn about costs and expectations. Each videoconference should have no more than 30 students per class, and we never connect more than three schools at one time. Pat works with students of all ages, but we work to schedule to make sure the right groups are working together (a second grade class would never work with a seventh grade class, for instance). We hope to see you this holiday session!

the end….?

May 16, 2008

After your videoconferences with author Patricia McKissack, here’s some follow-up work you can do with your class:
  • Go over the assignment with the students.
  • Review what happened during the videoconference with the students and ask them to explain what they learned and how they will make use of it in their work.
  • Collect student projects and evaluate them.
  • Try to schedule another videoconference with the presenter so that students can share their projects and get valuable feedback.
  • If another videoconference with the presenter is not possible, and you were one of several connecting schools, see if you can schedule a videoconference with the other participating sites to share student work.  Do you have another great follow-up idea? Please share!