Are you interested in learning how to locate and share primary sources with your students? Or need ideas on how to integrate biographies in your classroom? I have workshops for staff professional development focusing on Common Core and nonfiction. Workshops have been presented at the International Reading Association conference, to school districts and reading councils.
BIOGRAPHY – THE HUMAN FACE OF HISTORY Discover the variety of picture book biographies that capture the lives of famous and not-so-famous people. Hone your skills in writing biographical poems. Gather information from primary sources and strategies for reading the text closely. Delve into the writing process that I used to write a biography for a collection of contemporary Native American athletes (out next year!) Participants will receive a bibliography and writing templates.
“It was great learning about the different types of biographies and I am excited to share this with my students. Love the Bio Poem planning!” 3rd grade teacher
C IS FOR CREATIVITY – A WRITING WORKSHOP
Alphabet books are not for babies anymore! Explore a variety of alphabet books and discover themes that cross the curriculum. Using popular trade books as mentor texts, learn how easy and fun it is to create unique ABC books. Delve into the writing process that I used to write my nonfiction alphabet books, G is for Grand Canyon and D is for Desert. Samples of student work will be shared. Participants will receive a bibliography and writing templates. A shortened version of this workshop was presented at the International Reading Association conference in 2009.
“I feel energized to share ABC books with my class and to write a book. So many ideas swirling in my mind…” Teacher of grades 1/2 self-contained gifted class
DISCOVER THE WORLD THROUGH ABC BOOKS
Travel the world through picture books. Participants will survey and evaluate a variety of alphabet books featuring natural areas, cultural groups, states, and countries. Explore hands-on activities that use ABC books to introduce geography concepts. Learn strategies from the author on how to use the books G is for Grand Canyon and D is for Desert as models for writing a classroom ABC book. Participants will receive a bibliography. This workshop was presented at the AZ Council for Social Studies conference.
HOW TO READ A BUILDING
Have you ever walked past a building and wondered its purpose? Every building has its own story to tell and you can learn to “read” it by looking closely at it. Analyze the symbols, decode the architecture, and expand your visual literacy as you discover the monuments and memorials of Washington, DC.
Use critical thinking skills to design a memorial. Primary source documents and picture books will be shared in this virtual field trip to our Nation’s capital.
“I am excited to have a hands-on, unique method to allow my students to discover our history.” Teacher of grade 5/6 self-contained gifted students
“I feel empowered. My eyes were opened to the wealth of hidden treasures within our monuments and memorials in our nation’s capital.” Technology instructor
POWER OF THE PICTURE BOOK
In the language arts workshop, participants explore how the power of the picture book is a potent tool in the development of literacy and critical and creative thinking skills. Learn about Visual Thinking Strategies and the Whole Book Approach as you discover how to analyze, interpret and evaluate art. Tap into creativing using picture books as mentor texts for writing. Participants will receive a bibliography and writing templates.
“Everyone who reads with students should immerse themselves in this workshop.” Librarian, SS. Simon & Jude Cathedral School
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 is shared.
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!
WRITER’S TOOLBOX: CONNECTING WITH PRIMARY SOURCES
Primary sources provide a window into history and give young people a very real sense of what it was like to be alive during a past era. Discover the weath of material available from the Library of Congress including tools to analyze primary sources. Participants will take a scavenger hunt through the LOC website so each will need to bring their personal computer. LOC worksheets for primary source handouts will be provided. The workshop will focus on Japanese internment camps during World War II.
“I am so excited to have information and strategies to implement tomorrow!” Teacher of grade 5/6 self-contained gifted students
“I am going to try many things! I will have the students participate in a gallery walk, analyze the photos, etc. I have many more tools to engage the students.” 7th grade social studies teacher
WRITER’S TOOLBOX: STRATEGIES FOR READING & WRITING NONFICTION
Explore the variety of nonfiction formats and the skills to navigate through them. Learn how to analyze informational texts by looking at tools or strategies that writers use. Develop lessons to encourage students to use these strategies to write with strong leads, sensory detail, and solid evidence from thorough research. Samples of student work will be shared. Participants receive a bibliography of exemplary nonfiction books.
“I feel energized. Your workshop renewed by love of nonfiction works!” 5th grade teacher
“After attending this workshop, I feel sorry that I am no longer in the classroom!” retired teacher
WRITING FROM NATURE
Add a new dimension to your Earth Day celebrations this year – bring nature into your classroom. Survey a variety of writing inspired by nature, explore natural objects, and then write your own nature poem. Center activities include creating a painter’s palette for your Nature Color Walk and a sample page for your Looking Closely book.
Allow 1.5 – 2 hours for the Professional Development Workshops and limit to 25 participants. $300 plus a mileage fee from Carefree, AZ. Organization is responsible for copying handouts.