School Author Visits for Students and Teachers
To view a short video of a school visit presentation,
go to www.edtv99.org/video/10808
Barbara Gowan offers students and teachers a unique opportunity to explore
Arizona through author visits to your school or library. Celebrate literacy during
Young Author's Week, Read Across America Day, Turn Off TV Week, Children's Book Week or as a Family Literacy Night.
| Grade level presentations for K-2 are
30-minute multi-sensory experiences.
Grades 3-6 explore the creative writing
process in a 50-minute presentation.
Presentations work best in a library
setting with no more than 100 students
at a time.
Barbara will present 4-6 sessions in a
full-day or 2-4 in a half-day.
Choose either the G is for Grand Canyon or the Desert Digits program
based on which book you would like presented.
| In the G is for Grand Canyon presentation for|
the younger students,Barbara reads the alphabet
rhymes while wearing an alphabet apron. Inside
the letter pockets are items for the children to discover-
copper ore, petrified wood, bola tie, saguaro seeds
Older students take a trip through Arizona testing
their mapping skills locating sites on a large magnetic
| With the help of animal puppets and props,
Barbara introduces the number rhymes and
math concepts in her Desert Digits program.
Grades 3-6 discover what's inside a Writer's
Toolbox and learn how a book is made.
During the reading of the book, the author
reinforces math concepts.
|In both presentations, posters of the original
manuscript from the rough draft or sloppy copy
through the rewrites and editor's revisions are shared
with the older students.
Teachers appreciate the emphasis on the six traits
of writing and the concept of rewrite, rewrite and rewrite -
the mantra of an author.
Grades 3-6 enjoy time for questions and answers
with the author in their 50-minute presentation.
The Build a Book Writing Workshop for students uses the book, G is for Grand Canyon-
an Arizona Alphabet, as the model for the writing process. Barbara works with one class
at a time in the grade level.
| Students create a class ABC book. |
The workshop is four hours of writing
instruction that occurs over a 6-week
time period. Additional class time is
needed for research, writing and illustrating.
|Students and teachers are proud of their "published" book.
Third graders at Encanto Elementary and fourth graders at
Village Vista, Sierra Verde, Cheyenne Traditional, and
Paradise Valley Christian Prep are just some of the young
authors of classroom alphabet books from the Build a Book
workshop with author Barbara Gowan.
| A book sale coincides with the Author Visit. The school|
receives a donation based on the number of books sold.
The students and staff have the opportunity to pre-order
books before the visit. Additional books are brought to the
school. Books are signed and personalized. Information
including a pre-order form and sample books are part of
your School Author Visit kit.
Professional development for teachers is an exciting way to discover what's new in children's
literature complemented by hands-on activities for grades K-6. Allow 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Choose from three themes:
C is for Creativity - a Writing Workshop
Sharing Nature through Picture Books
Read Any Good Math Lately?
| Read Any Good Math Lately?
Participants survey a variety of children's
picture books as they relate to the math
standards from Number Sense to Data
Analysis to Measurement. Hands-on
activities including writing math poetry
complement the books.
A bibliography of math books for K-6
A specialized version just for kindergarten
teachers was presented to educators of
the Paradise Valley Unified School District.
| C is for Creativity|
Teachers explore a variety of ABC books
and discover themes that cross the curriculum.
Using popular trade books as writing models,
participants learn how easy and fun it is to
write alphabet books. Samples of student
written books are shared.
A bibliography of alphabet books is available.
A modified version of this workshop was presented
at the International Reading Assn. conference in
Phoenix in February, 2009.
Sharing Nature through Picture Books
Discover the power of picture books to
introduce science/nature topics from life
cycles and habitats to teaching kids to love
the earth. Pair informational texts with
fiction for your early learners. Be prepared
to awaken the child in YOU!
The Tri-County Teachers' Academy enjoyed
this workshop this summer. The Paradise
Valley Unified School District and several
reading councils of the Arizona Reading Assn
have scheduled for fall 2009.
Program fees: Full-day (4-6 presentations) $600
Half-day (2-4 presentations) $350
Family Literacy Night $200
Staff Development Workshop $300
A mileage fee is added to the program fee.
Contact Barbara at email@example.com to schedule your school author visit.