Celebrating 28 Years of Author Visits & Hands-On Writing Workshops in Schools
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My new picture book, Rosie Ross, Recess Boss, is now out and available as a "Ready Reader" book through Rourke Educational Media. It's an 8"x 8" inch book, available in both hardback and softback. You can find it at your local bookstores or with online booksellers. It's part of a series featuring social/emotional issues as plot drivers. And it's only 98 words--yes, it's the shortest book I've ever written!--plus it has a list of "new words" and questions to help direct student reading and understanding, as well as social/emotional development.
Lily loved recess. Then along came Rosie Ross, Recess Boss. Will Lily ever enjoy recess again? Beginning readers in Pre-K through 1st grade can join Lily as she learns positive ways to solve a problem on her own!
Using MUMMIES to Teach 5-Paragraph Informative Essay Writing & Research . . .
Want to get your students EXCITED about researching & writing a 5-paragraph expository/informative essay?
Invite Darleen to your school to teach her "Nonfiction for Mummies" writing workshop, guaranteed to grab your students attention and get them writing!
For this workshop, Darleen presents a fun, informational, and "creepy" PowerPoint presentation about ancient Egyptian mummies (with photos of real mummies that kids will love!) and then provides students with a "fact sheet" that covers all the facts in her presentation. She discusses research and note taking, using headings. Then she directs students to write a 5-paragraph expository/informative essay using their fact sheet (which resembles research they would have done on their own if asked to research mummies) foscusing on the three parts of an essay: Introduction, Body, Conclusion.
Students walk away with a finished (or almost finished) essay and a tip-sheet to help them write and research their next 5-paragraph essay with tips on research, using headings, double-checking facts through different sources, organizing, writing, and editing.
It's a FUN and INFORMATIVE hands-on writing workshop that your students and teachers will love. Since this workshop involves a PowerPoint, discussion about researching essays, and writing, it will take a full 60 minutes and is recommended for fourth-grade and up. Not for younger grade-levels.
Using Comic Books to Teach 5-Paragraph Narrative Essay Writing . . .
NEW HANDS-ON WRITING WORKSHOP, entitled "Order Now!"
Brand new for the 2019-20 school year--"Order Now!"--a new hands-on writing workshop that enforces descriptive writing based on a neat picture book I recently discovered, A Unicorn Named Sparkle, by Amy Young. It's about a little girl named Lucy who orders a unicorn from the back of a comic book but when it arrives, it's not quite what the advertisement had promised. It's really just a goat with a blue horn attached to its head. I just LOVE this book and have developed this fun, new writing workshop--"Order Now!"--where students pretend to order an animal they want, only to discover it's not quite what they expected!
This is for all the teachers out there, who like me, ordered "sea monkeys" from the back of a comic book as a child, expecting actual monkeys with crowns on their heads, like the picture showed, only to get something quite different. LOL. Perhaps that's why I can relate to this bookbecause I, too, fell victim to false comic book advertising when I was a little girl!
Hello my friends!
This is children's book author, Darleen Bailey Beard. I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit. Pull up a chair. Pour yourself a cup of coffee. Make yourself at home because right here you'll find a treasure trove of goodies to help schedule, promote, and prepare for an author visit, along with fun ideas to entertain, inspire, and teach your students how to write.
Please feel free to print out anything you see. The materials on this site are for YOU to enjoy and share with others. So be creative and have fun!
Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to meeting you soon. If there's something you're looking for but can't find or if you have any questions or suggestions, just email me. I'm always happy to hear from you! My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.