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Invite Author Amy E. Sklansky Into Your Classroom

march sklanskyAmy’s distance learning programs through Cooperating School Districts, including full descriptions, including costs and standards covered, can be found at: www.cilc.org.

  • INSIDE A POET’S MIND (Grades 2 – 5) Peek inside the mind of a published poet as Amy shares poems from her books and discusses the various places a poet finds inspiration and the different forms poetry can take. Grades 3 and up have the option of writing a poem during the session.
  • WHERE DO CHICKS COME FROM?: Author Visit and Eggs-periments  (Grades K – 2) Learn what happens inside an egg from fertilization through hatching as Amy uses her book to outline stages of writing: research, revisions, artist’s sketches, etc.  She also performs hands-on eggs-periments that reinforce the scientific method.
  • COOKING A BOOK (Grades 1 – 3) Meet Amy as she puts on a chef’s hat and coat to “cook” a book. Help her put inspiration, drafts, revisions, pencil sketches, and more into her cooking pot as she explains how an author’s idea becomes a published book.
  • FROM INSPIRATION TO BOOKSTORE SHELF (Grades 3 – 6) Work together to learn where an author gets her ideas and how she crafts them into a book. Amy offers ideas around these questions and shares examples from all seven of her books.

“Mrs. Sklansky was engaging and really helped the students get excited about writing not just poetry, but all kinds of writing.”

What are Your National Poetry Month Plans?

April is National Poetry Month. Second to fifth grade teachers, take some time away from state testing and celebrate the art in an one hour interactive distance learning program with author Amy E. Sklansky! Amy has written seven children’s books during her career, and poetry is a medium she often uses. Amy connects to elementary classes over H323 videoconference or Skype — whichever set-up works better for you, the classroom teacher. This videoconference is $195 for non-New Links members, and for New Links members, it’s just $155. To schedule a distance learning program with Amy in April, or at any other time, please contact Rebecca Morrison.

More about Inside a Poet’s Mind:  Amy E. Sklansky gives students a peek inside the mind of a poet. Sharing poems from her own books, she discusses the various places a poet finds inspiration. Then she gives examples of the ways a poet may revise her work – emphasizing concepts such as word choice, line breaks, action verbs, and punctuation. She encourages students to write a poem on their own during the videoconference using the same process. If a second grade teacher would like to participate, the program would be shortened to 45 minutes and would not include the interactive poetry writing.

Just some of the Common Core Standards met by this program:
• RL.2.4. Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
• W.2.5. With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
• SL.3.3. Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.
• RL.4.2. Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
• SL.5.1. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners

Distance Learning Opportunity on Creative Writing & Publishing

Using examples from all six of her books (almost 7, with the February 14th release of Out of This World), author Amy E. Sklansky answers the question during this new distance learning session: Where does an author get her ideas and how do they become a book? From Inspiration to Bookstore Shelf (grade 3 & up) is a 45 minute videoconferencing or Skype session. Register with Rebecca Morrison. For Videoconference/Skype: New Links members pay $155, nonmembers pay $195.

Participants are encouraged to interact with the author and will develop an appreciation for both the creative writing and publishing process. With PowerPoint slides, original artwork, and other props, she touches on many aspects of the creative process – sources of inspiration; generating ideas; structuring a story; revising; the roles of the artist and publishing staff; etc…. and in her newest publication, Amy gives readers evocative poems about planets and stars and rockets and moon landings and satellites. Each poem is supported by additional facts and explanations (because once your imagination’s engaged, you’ll surely want to know more!).

An Amy E. Sklansky Appetizer

Amy E. Sklansky has been in the “kitchen” this summer – cooking up new ideas for books and author visit videoconference connections (as well as traveling to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons with her family)! Look for a new vc program from this bestselling local author this fall. (But don’t worry- she’s keeping her prices the same they were last year)! She is also expanding her offerings to Skype, not just H323 videoconferencing.

To bring Amy to your classroom over distance learning, contact New Links program coordinator Rebecca Morrison. To see a list of her current “menu” click here.

New Links and CHARACTERplus Feature #1 St. Louis Authors in Programs

The St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending May 8 from The Riverfront Times, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd’nhead Books, Subterranean Books, and Sue’s News, has been released.

St. Louisans again top both the adult and children’s bestseller lists! Amy E. Sklansky‘s You Are My Little Cupcake holds onto the # 1 slot on the children’s list, while Eric GreitensThe Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy Seal placed # 1 spot on the adult list. (Amy is also #3 on the children’s list with My Daddy and Me).

Coincidentally, both bestselling authors are involved with Cooperating School Districts’ programming! Amy Sklansky, as you know, is one of our most popular New Links content providers- she videoconferences regularly from CSD (see above photo). Eric Greitens is a featured speaker at this summer’s Character Education Conference (produced by CHARACTERplus, another program of Cooperating School Districts).

Amy Sklansky and Eric Greitens were both on the bestseller list last week, too, as was New Links author Patricia McKissack. Their books are available at the booksellers listed at the beginning of the post.