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Author Website: http://www.katemessner.com
Prerequisites: 20-minute Q and A sessions are available only to classes & book clubs that have read one of Kate's books so that students will have a basis for asking questions. For longer presentations, this also tends to work best, though it's not a requirement
- Lunch visits: 11:50 EST.
- Late afternoon/early evening EST
- Please email Kate for availability for other visits.
Audiences: Grades K-8
No recording of Skype Sessions without permission from the author.
In-Depth Visit Length: 40-60 minutes (see listings below)
In-Depth Visit Cost: $200
- For Book Clubs: Kate loves book clubs! If your book club is reading one of her novels, she'd love to join your discussion. THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z, which deals with Gianna's relationship with her mother and grandmother, is an especially great choice for mother-daughter book clubs.
- For Schools & Libraries: Lunch with an Author - When your students have finished reading one of Kate's books, she would be happy to join them via Skype for a lunchtime question and answer session. Available: most weekdays at 11:15 EST Time: 20 minutes Cost: FREE
- For Schools & Libraries: Virtual Author Presentations - All of the in-person presentations listed below may be adapted as virtual visits.
- These are full-length presentations that include Powerpoint.
- Are We There Yet? Chapter Books & Picture Books (30-40 minute presentation for Grades K-3)
- A Novel’s Journey (45-60-minute presentation for Grades 4 and up) Sometimes, when you’re a kid, writing assignments seem to go on forever, like a long, long car ride. This interactive workshop takes kids along on the journey a book makes on its way to publication. Kate shares the story of one of her books – brainstorming, writing a first draft, revising, getting feedback from friends, revising, finding a publisher, revising again, sending a new draft, revising again (are you noticing a trend?), copy editing, book and cover design, and finally publishing. Kate will share early drafts, photographs of her (sometimes crazy) writing process, and actual revision letters from her editors. Students will read some text excerpts and have a chance to practice their editing skills, too.
- Trees, Leaves, and Gianna Z! (Grades 4-8, 45-60 minutes) In THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z (Walker Books, September 1, 2009), a seventh grade cross-country star has one more hurdle to jump before she goes to sectionals. It's a monster leaf collection project for science class, and it seems like nothing goes right as Gianna Z tries to collect and identify 25 leaves. In this multimedia presentation, author Kate Messner reads from her book, shares the inspiration and research behind Gianna Z's story, and teaches kids to identify the trees in their own backyard.
- Revolution! (Grades 4-8, 45-60 minutes) Join Kate Messner, author of Spitfire, for a trip back in time to the American Revolution on Lake Champlain. Kate will read from her middle grade novel SPITFIRE, set during the Battle of Valcour Island in 1776, sign books, and present a multimedia slide show about the real 12-year-old who fought in the battle. Kids will be invited to ask questions at the end of the presentation.
- Encounters of 1609 (Grades 4-8, 45-60 minutes) Native Americans had lived along the waterways of the Northeast for generations when French explorers and fur traders began arriving in the late 16th century. What must the two groups have thought of one another? In this interactive presentation, Kate shares images, artifacts, quotes from Samuel de Champlain’s journals, and excerpts from her historical novel CHAMPLAIN AND THE SILENT ONE, challenging students to consider point of view and the impact that different cultures can have on one another.
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate is a member of SCBWI and a National Board Certified teacher of middle school English Language Arts.
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I never took the time during a busy school year and summer to post my reactions to our visit with Kate Messner. But, as I begin to plan for my new school year, I realize what a highlight this visit truly was for our students. Kate was outstanding in her visit, talking to our 6th grade and interacting with them. She is a very special author and person and this became evident throughout her visit. She not only presented ideas, but she also took her computer outside her home and showed us Lake Champlain, the setting of Spitfire. Please read my reactions to her visit on my blog at http://dcaven.wordpress.com/. I hope that, once again, this incoming group of 6th graders has the opportunity to also be touched by Kate's dedication and caring for her craft.
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