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Writing Programs for Kids
Can an Aardvark Bark?
Grade 1-2, 30 minutes, no limit to size of audience
Following a lively, interactive read aloud, students discover the fascinating story, riddled with rejection and inspiration from the most surprising sources, behind Can an Aardvark Bark?—from inspiration to publication.
Why Chocolate Is Better Than Roses
Grades 3-5, 45 minutes, no limit to size of audience
Discover why it took 10 years to research, write, and revise (56 times!) No Monkeys, No Chocolate. In this fast-paced program, Melissa describes her research adventures in the rain forest, shares rejected manuscripts, and explains how her young nieces inspired her to complete the award-winning book.
Creating Nonfiction: Researching, Writing, and Revising
Grades 3-8, 60 minutes, serves up to 3 classrooms
In this popular, in-depth program, Melissa shares her secrets for creating interesting, fact-filled nonfiction: choosing a topic, doing research, organizing ideas, creating clear, lively prose, and improving a piece through revision.
Nonfiction Writing Sprints
Grades 4-8, 60 minutes, serves 1 classroom
In this fast-faced, engaging workshop, Melissa writes with students in a series of 10-minute bursts. Following each writing period, students describe the challenges they are facing at that moment and Melissa offers suggestions. Then she shares the challenges she is facing at that moment and models how she might address them. This popular program pulls back the curtain to reveal how professional writers go about their work.
Nonfiction Writers Dig Deep
Grades 4-6, 60 minutes, serves 1 classroom
Is your students’ nonfiction writing ho-hum? Do they have trouble choosing and focusing a topic? Do they copy research sources even though they know they shouldn’t? This hands-on workshop shows students how to craft unique, engaging nonfiction by digging deep to find a personal connection to their topic and their approach.
Revising Personal Narratives
Grades 4-6, 60 minutes, serves 1 classroom
After discussing common reasons a writer’s first draft needs improvement, students learn and practice an easy four-step method for enriching personal narratives through adding details, improving verb choice, including sensory information, and adding comparisons.
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