September 2016: Mountain View School, Young Authors' Day

What a wonderful welcoming!

The places I've been! I'd love to come to your school or event!  (I'd love to visit every state!)


February 21, 2017: Val Vista Academy, Gilbert, AZ, 3rd Grade

February 25, 2017:Written Word Conference, Phoenix, AZ, Arizona Authors Association (attendee) 

February 27, 2017: Galveston Elementary, Chandler, AZ, 1st, 3rd and 6th grades 

February 28, 2017: Galveston Elementary, Chandler, AZ, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th grades 

March 1, 2017:Galveston Elementary, Chandler, AZ, 2nd, 4th and 5th grades

March 2, 2017: Read Across America, Mountain View School, Phoenix, AZ, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades 

March 3, 2017: Galveston Elementary, Chandler, AZ, Grade K

March 11 - 12, 2017: Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson, AZ Booth 138 Selling / Signing Book / Book Reading at 1:30pm

March 31, 2017: Dobson Academy, Chandler, AZ

Grade K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

I love doing author visits! I remember being in elementary school and having an author come visit my school. It was so interesting to listen to her story (and I loved getting out of math class!) and to imagine myself as an author. Now, when I come to an elementary school, I think back to when I was a girl and I try to plan a visit that the children will remember. It's important to me that they are all involved in one way or another so I always make it interactive. 


At this time I primarily visit elementary school age children. My presentations are designed to be informative and heavy on the fun! I can do a single classroom or an assembly. Here is a sampling of what I can bring to your school. All lesson plans can be modified to meet your needs. I like to discuss inspiration in all my presentations. Please use my contact form to contact me if you're interested in having me visit. Fees can be discussed and I encourage book orders on the day of my visit as a way to pay for my visit. I will personalize all the books for the children that have purchased my book. 

I do like to end my presentation by asking the children to think about the other students and to see if there is anything they can do today that would enrich another's life in some way. For example: Can you hold the door open for someone? Help someone that has their hands full? If someone looks sad, maybe a smile from you will make them feel a little better? Look for ways to be extra kind today! 




"What if" an elephant wore pink slippers?

Grade K - 3

30 - 60 minutes 

We will discuss inspiration and how we all possess the ability to create stories by learning the secret of "what if." The children will be asked to draw a picture of either a "who" or a "what" or a "where" and we will build a story based on what they've drawn on their paper. Three children at a time will come up to the front of the classroom to build a story based on what they've drawn. One by one they will take turns sharing ideas on how they story should be told. There will be time for Q & A before I read from my book Ellie Adventure: Picking Out Puppies and can use my Reader Theater option, if desired. I recommend! 


Other variations of this class include AZ standards of who, what, where, when, how and why and then expanding on the story to include the unexpected. We revisit the examples and modify them to show how everyone is capable of being creative. 


Reader Theater 

Grade K - 6 

30 - 60 minutes


This class is a continuation of the first class. Instead of drawing we share ideas, making sure to include the AZ Standards of who, what, where, when, how and why and the work on the story circle but making sure that we expand on the ideas to the unexpected. Once we build our story circle together we then work on Reader Theater. 


Reader Theater is a lot of fun to do with the children! After talking about what inspires a story, I will have several children come to the front of the class and give them a script that came directly from my book. Each child will have a prop (because it's always more fun with props) and will be encouraged to really become their selected character. During the reading, I will blow my special whistle and the children will say "what if" and we will take suggestions from the students on how the story can be changed using our imaginations! I can take volunteers for the roles in Reader Theater or teachers can select based on their own criteria. 


More topics coming...









 

It was hard to find a picture of me where my face wasn't contorted and my arms weren't up in the air! My author visits are very animated and I end up looking pretty goofy!

Author Visits

Dobson Academy: March 31, 2017 

Story Circle time! We created a story together using who, what, where, when and why and came up with a great story about a bear and a horse buying dinosaur earrings and eating pork chops!

Dobson Academy: March 31, 2017

Reader Theater with the students make my author visits lots of fun!

Dobson Academy: March 31, 2017 

​These kids helped bring my book to life!

September 2016: Mountain View School, Phoenix, Arizona. 

We were discussing other options for a super power that might not be expected in a story. These boys showed they could think outside of the box and had some creative ideas! 

​​​​​​Colleen Dougherty