I love to talk with kids about writing, revising, historical research, and what it has to do with their lives. I’m happy to fine-tune my presentations to meet your curricular needs. My presentations are aligned with Common Core and National Council of Social Studies standards.
Grades K-8 A Writer’s Life
What does a writer do? Where do ideas come from? Playing the game Two Truths and a Lie with me, students will uncover for themselves the realities of a professional writer’s life. I’ll share behind-the-scenes stories from the creation of each of my books and give students a peek at upcoming books, too, to help them understand the process of making a book. We’ll conclude with Q & A about my books and about the writing life. (45 minutes; suitable for large assemblies)
Grades K-8 Writing is Revising
This presentation follows the process of writing from idea, through drafts and revision, to publication. Students exercise their own revision muscles on some of my writing and see firsthand how writing improves through the revision process. I share with them the importance of communities of writers and we experiment with creating pop-up communities of writers. If the group is made up of older students, they should bring writing materials with them to the presentation. (45 minutes; suitable for large assemblies)
Grades 3-8 Digging Into Primary Sources
What’s the difference between primary and secondary sources? How do historians use photographs, posters, and editorial cartoons? In this workshop I tell about the trail I followed to find primary sources in researching Mountain Chef. I teach the students the Library of Congress method of primary source analysis, and then we break into small groups and analyze actual primary sources. (45-60 minutes; suitable for a single class or a group of up to 30 students)
No charge for a 15 minute Skype Meet the Author visit, as long as your class has read my book before the visit
$50 for one 45 minute Skype session
$150 for one assembly, presentation, or workshop
$250 for half a day of presentations or workshops (two sessions)
$400 for a full day of presentations or workshops (four sessions)
For long distances, I may need to add all or part of my travel and accommodation costs.
Please contact me to schedule a visit! annettepimentel(at)gmail.com
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