If you plan to be in Chicago on Sunday, April 29th, consider attending our pre-conference Institute at the International Reading Association. See the schedule below. You don't have to be attending the rest of the conference to attend the institute. The cost is $115 (IRA members) and $135 (non-members), but don't delay, the price goes up on April 10th.
Carolee will also be giving a one hour session on THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF STORIES on Tuesday, May 1.
PLEASE FORWARD TO ANYONE WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED!!
SCHEDULE AND DESCRIPTION
Rekindling the Reading Fire - Author Panel - Using the Story Strategies of Professional Authors to Inspire a Love of Reading and Writing
9:00 - 9:45 INTRODUCTION
The Institute will begin with an introduction of each of the panelists who will discuss their novels as well experiences teaching writing and what books have most influenced them.
9:45-11:00 The Secret Language of Stories - Carolee Dean, M.S., CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist and young adult author will discuss the story plotting strategies she uses to plot her novels and teach struggling writers.
11:10-12:00 WRITING ACTIVITIES - The Secret Story Diary by Kimberley Little. Kimberley will lead participants on a writing journey that can easily be duplicated in the classroom.
Caroline Starr Rose will follow up with a Revision Activity called "Stick Man Character Development" where she will give practical suggestions for diving deeper into character descriptions.
12:00-1:00 LUNCH BREAK
1:00-2:30 Panel and Writing Activity - Social and Cultural Influences: Approaching Plot Through the Intersection of Character, Setting, and Time - Uma Krishnaswami, April Halprin Wayland, Esther Hershenhorn
Part of understanding social and cultural factors is understanding how time and place affect character development and growth. Learn how these factors affect the character arc that ultimately drives the plot of the story.
2:30 - 3:00 Panel - Brave New Worlds in Fantasy and Magic Realism: Inspiring Literacy by Sparking the Imagination Kimberley Griffiths Little, Kersten Hamilton, (Lisa Schroeder)
Is there a place for fantasy in reading instruction and literacy acquisition? Fantasy may not be a teacher's first choice when it comes to classroom reading instruction, but when it's time for books reports based upon personal reading selections, many students will be running to the fantasy section. Find out what questions to ask to get students learning the most from their free reading book choices and discover how creating brave new worlds is similar (and different) from plotting other genres.
3:00 - 3:15 break
3:15 - 3:45 Panel - Content Area Literacy: Making History Come Alive - Carolyn Meyer, Caroline Starr Rose, (Kimberley Griffiths Little)
Reading isn't just part of the English teacher's domain. Teachers across the curriculum are expected to work on reading strategies via their various subjects. Find out how professional authors use non-fiction resources to plot their fiction stories and discover ways to get kids excited about reading historical accounts.
3:45 - 4:15 Panel - Social Issues in Contemporary Fiction and Verse Novels: Recognizing Literary Devices and the Implications for Struggling Readers - Carolee Dean, April Halprin Wayland, Caroline Starr Rose, Lisa Schroeder
Verse novels have become popular among struggling readers. Find out why and discover how to get students to recognize literary and poetic devices. Listen to poets debate the use of plotting outlines vs. the more organic approach that many poets favor.
4:15 - 5:00 Wrap up and Q&A
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