Out of this world! Patricia McKissack’s upcoming Sci-Fi Creative Writing Series will now only cost $250 to participate in – for all three sessions. New Links members get an even deeper discount- for three sessions, members can participate in this author visit series for $200.

The goal of the project is to introduce students to the process that authors use to write and illustrate a book and to engage them in writing activities themselves that mirror this process.

At the end of the project 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 science fiction 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.

To register, contact Rebecca Morrison at Cooperating School Districts by April 1, 2011.

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.

Creative Writing Kick Off

February 25, 2009

Yesterday was author Pat McKissack‘s first meeting with Stacey Wilson, a 4th grade teacher at Wyland Elementary in the Ritenour School District. Pat will be meeting with Stacey’s class twice in March over interactive videoconference to discuss collaboration, creative writing, and publishing.

February 24, 2009

Snow Melt  by VicWJ on FlickrRemember that Pat McKissack will be offering the second of two Creative Writing videoconference series during the 2008-09 school year later this month! She videoconferences live from St. Louis, Missouri, so all times listed are central- standard or daylight, depending on the time of year. Please register no later than 1 week before first session. For New Links to New Learning members, the fee is $650, for nonmembers, $750. And actually, prices have just been cut by 20%! Sign up today!

To read more about this interactive videoconference series, visit: http://www2.csd.org/newlinks/programdesc.html.

Spring dates/times: February 24, 4 pm March 3, 9:30 or 11 am March 17, 9:30 or 11 am CST!

creative classroom connection

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)

Patricia McKissack Videoconferences for the 2008-2009 school year:

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

Creative Writing Fall dates/times:
Teacher Session: November 11, 2008 @ 4 pm
Session I: November 25, 2008  @ 1 or 2 pm
Session II: December 16, 2008 @ 1 or 2 pm

Creative Writing Spring dates/times:
Teacher Session: February 24, 2009 @ 4 pm
Session I: March 3, 2009 @ 9:30 or 11 am
Session II: March 17, 2009 @ 9:30 or 11 am

Nonfiction Writing: Fact vs. Opinion:
Teacher Session: February 17, 2009 @ 4 pm
Session I: March 3, 2009 @ 1 or 2 pm
Session II: March 17, 2009 @ 1 or 2 pm

Each series is $650 for New Links members and $750 for non-members. To sign up, click here.

Author Pat McKissack is working on bringing her newest book, Stitchin’ and Pullin’: A Gee’s Bend Quilt into one of her videoconference series. The program is still in the development stage, but we’re excited to have the opportunity!

Stitchin’ and Pullin’: A Gee’s Bend Quilt  will be released in the fall.  Cozbi A. Cabrera illustrated the book.

Here is some information from McKissack’s publisher, Random House, on the book. You will be able to purchase the book at Random House by clicking here

Mother and daughter, grandmother and granddaughter, aunt and niece, friend and friend. For a hundred years, generations of women from Gee’s Bend have quilted together, sharing stories, trading recipes, singing hymns—all the while stitchin’ and pullin’ thread through cloth. Every day Baby Girl listens, watches, and waits, until she’s called to sit at the quilting frame. Piece by piece, she puzzles her quilt together—telling not just her story, but the story of her family, the story of Gee’s Bend, and the story of her ancestors’ struggle for freedom.

  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers 
  • Pub. Date: October 28, 2008
  • ISBN-13: 9780375831638
  • Age Range: 6 to 10  
To learn more about the quilters of Gee’s Bend, visit: http://www.quiltsofgeesbend.com/. There, you’ll meet the women who create these fantastic quilts and learn the history of the community.    

 

We’ve set up Pat McKissack’s Creative Writing dates for the upcoming school year. Pat does a three part series: the first v/c is with the participating teachers, to discuss goals and themes. The second & third v/c are with the students, where they talk with Pat about all there is to being an author. They learn the methods she uses when writing fiction. In the third v/c, students share their work with Pat and she provides a critique of the writing. The goal of the project is to introduce students to the process that authors use to write a book and to engage them in writing activities themselves that mirror this process. 

We’re excited to announce Pat will be offering Creative Writing twice during the 2008-09 school year! Remember that Pat videoconferences live from St. Louis, Missouri, so all times listed are central- standard or daylight, depending on the time of year:

Fall dates/times:                              Spring dates/times:
November 11, 4 pm                   February 24, 4 pm 
November 25, 1 or 2 pm           March 3, 9:30 or 11 am 
December 16, 1 or 2 pm           March 17, 9:30 or 11 am

Teachers select one time slot and use it for both sessions. Fall dates are grouped together, spring dates are grouped together. No mixing ‘n matching, please! Also, we limit each videoconference time slot to three schools, with no more than 30 kids at each site. If there are a variety of grade levels interested, we group accordingly. A former teacher, Pat works with elementary through high school students. This is an interactive writing series.

This school year marks Pat’s 10th anniversary of videoconferencing with New Links to New Learning and Cooperating School Districts! We hope you can join us as we start this new chapter! To sign up for the videoconference series, and to find out about pricing and connections, contact Rebecca Morrison at Cooperating School Districts.

the art of arguing

April 25, 2008

(pro vs. con)

We started a couple minutes late for our videoconference today (always great to have a connection hiccup before a Friday afternoon videoconference! Thanks to the district folks who helped us get up and running). 

The Rockwood South Middle students have been spending the last few weeks working on their various arguments, and recognizing the difference between fact and opinion. They presented their cases to To Establish Justice authors Patricia McKissack and Arlene Zarembka over videoconference today. Topics ranged from racial profiling in airports to teens & driving.        

Authors, how did you think the session went? Students, how about you- what would you do differently?

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 (Arlene & Pat listen to the  students present their cases)

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.