Monday, April 09, 2012

Spend 8 hours with Nine Terrific Authors at the Internation Reading Association Conference in Chicago!

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April 8, 2012
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.
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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.

11:00-11:10 BREAK

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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Meet the Spellbinders
CaCarolee Deanrolee Dean has made numerous appearances as a guest poet/author at schools, libraries, poetry events, and teacher/library conferences. She holds a bachelor's degree in music therapy and a master's degree in communicative disorders, and she has spent over a decade working in the public schools as a
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speech-language pathologist.

Her first novel, Comfort,was nominated as a Best Book for Young Adults, was named the Best YA Novel of 2002 by the Texas Institute of Letters, and was on the TAYSHAS (Texas Library Association) reading list. Take Me There is a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.
Her upcoming paranormal verse novel, Forget Me Not, will be published by Simon Pulse in October of 2012.
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She conducts teacher trainings on inspiring reluctant writers including "The Secret Language of Stories" and "Random Act of Haiku."Forget Me Not

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Caroline Starr RoseCaroline Starr Rose spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New Mexico, camping at the Red Sea in one and eating red chile in the other. She's taught English and social studies to upper elementary and middle-school students in New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana. Back in New
Mexico, Caroline now writes middle-grade novels and picture books full time. 

To find teacher's guides, writing activities, and information about author visits, go to my website.


Kim Bio PhotoKimberley Griffiths Little is the recipient of the Southwest Book Award, The Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel of 2010, and the author of the highly acclaimed, The Healing Spell and Circle of Secrets, published by Scholastic Press. Look for her books at the Scholastic Book Fairs, as well Circle of Secretsas two more forthcoming novels in 2012 and 2013.
She lives on a dirt road in a small town by the Rio Grande with her husband, a robotics engineer and their three sons. Kimberley is a favorite speaker at schools around the country, presenting "The Creative Diary", a highly successful writing workshop and has been a speaker at many conferences.

Please visit her website to download free Teacher's Guides and Book Club Guides. 
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                 Upcoming Author Events

Saturday, April 14
2 pm
at Alamosa Books
8810 Holly Ave. NE
Albuquerque, NM

Carolee and Caroline will be presenting a workshop for teachers, students, and writers.

Sunday, April 29th 
9-5 Preconference Session  
Author's Panel at the
International Reading Association Conference
Chicago, Illinois
"Rekindling the Reading and Writing Fire"
Join us for this all day session
featuring 11 authors including
all 3 Spellbinders
Carolee Dean
Kimberley Griffiths Little
Caroline Starr Rose 
Tuesday, May 1
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
International Reading Association Conference
Chicago, Illinois
"The Secret Language of Stories"
Carolee Dean

November, 2012
YALSA Literature Symposium 
"Author Research Panel"
Carolee Dean
Kimberley Griffiths Little
and two other authors
St. Louis, Missouri

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