School Visit to Foley, Alabama!

During the past few months, I’ve had the honor of meeting with thousands of students to discuss everything from civil rights to reading and writing.

I recently returned from a visit to Foley Middle School in Foley, Alabama. Foley is on the Gulf Shores, just a few miles from some of the most gorgeous beaches I’ve ever seen!

Over two days, I met with the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students in groups of about 200 for a presentation called Civil Rights Now and Then. We examined what has changed since the civil rights movement and the distance still to go.

Foley Middle School is lucky enough to have one of those librarians who dreams up everything and anything to get kids reading and writing. Just to give you an idea of what I mean, librarian Sue Norman keeps a cotton candy machine in the library for special book events! And for my visit, she created beautiful invitations to my writing workshops that teachers delivered to select students.

In one workshop, The Power of a Question, we talked about how writers need to ask excellent questions to uncover information from sources. I shared details of the interviews I did when researching my book, and then we practiced what we learned by playing a game that left us all laughing. In another workshop called From Seed to Story, we uncovered tricks of the trade for developing great story ideas.

Not only did I have a wonderful time meeting students and teachers at Foley, but I had one of the highlights of my writing career: Sneaking into the back of firecracker educator Celeste Gill’s classroom as she taught my book, A Thousand Never Evers. Thank you, Ms. Gill.

And a huge thank you to my host, librarian Sue Norman, who truly rolled out the red carpet!

Posted in Educators, Shana's Posts, Writing on 03/17/2009 09:03 am
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