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!
The places I've been! I'd love to come to your school or event! (My goal is to visit every state the USA and beyond!)
February 21, 2017: Val Vista Academy, Gilbert, AZ, 3rd Grade
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
March 31, 2017: Dobson Academy, Chandler, AZ
Grade K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
April 1, 2017: Read On Chandler, Chandler, AZ
Event hosted by the Chandler Public Library to encourage children to read!
May 3, 2017: CTA Liberty, Chandler, AZ, presentations for all grades, K - 6
May 5, 2017: Young Authors', Mountainview School, Phoenix. Grade 4
May 11, 2017: Navarrette Elementary School, Chandler, AZ, all grades, K - 6
May 19, 2017: Sibley's, Downtown Chandler, AZ Author Event
September 28, 2017: Towne Meadow Elementary School, Gilbert, AZ Grades K - 3
October 4, 2017: Young Author's Day, Mountain View School, Grade 4
October 7, 2017: Sibley's West, Downtown Chandler, AZ Local Author Event Book Signing
October 30, 2017: BASIS Chandler Primary South, Chandler, AZ Grades 1st - 2nd
November 9, 2017: BASIS Scottsdale Primary, Scottsdale, AZ Grades K - 2nd
November 30, 2017: Playa del Ray Elementary School, Gilber, AZ, all grades, K-6
December 1, 2017: Augusta Ranch Elementary School, Mesa, AZ, grades K - 2
January 11, 2018: Hull Elementary School, Chandler, AZ, grades 1 - 2
Young Author's Day Oct 4, 2017
September 2016: Mountain View School, Young Authors' Day
What a wonderful welcoming!
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!
I love doing author visits! I remember being in elementary school and having an author come visit my school. It was 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 involved so I always make it interactive.
Please use my contact form if you're interested in having me visit. At this time, I don't charge for my visits the traditional way. I am paid through book sales, no minimum required!
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
45 - 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.
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.
Story Circle (follows what inspires a story)
Grade K - 3
45 - 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 together on Reader Theater.
Reader Theater is a lot of fun to do with the children! I will have several children come to the front of the class to help me by reading from my book. I select a chapter and each child will have a prop (because it's always more fun with props) and will be encouraged to really become their selected character. I can take volunteers for the roles in Reader Theater or teachers can select based on their own criteria.
Grades 4th - 6th
45 - 60 minutes with Reader Theater
My slide presentation covers the difference between traditional publishing and self-publishing, or Indy Publishing. I discuss the pros and cons of both while trying to add some fun to the presentation. We then do Reader Theater. I've found that all grades like to participate in Reader Theater!
Recommended plan for day:
I've found the best success for me is to present to the whole school in one day by doing two assemblies. I recommend splitting up the school by grades K - 3rd and then 4th - 6th. For grades K - 3rd, I will talk about what inspires a story and end that discussion by doing a Story Circle. After we create a story together and share ideas, we will do Reader Theater.
For grades 4th - 6th, I will do my slide presentation and then end with Reader Theater.
I end each assembly asking the students to find a way to be kind to another student.
More offerings to come. If you have something that you'd like for your school, please let me know! I'll do my best to make that happen!
Thank you for considering me for your school!
Some nice words from places I've visited:
Dear Ms. Dougherty,
Thank you again for visiting our students at Augusta Ranch Elementary. Our K-2nd grade children loved hearing about Ellie and her puppies! Your presentation was engaging and everyone enjoyed the Reader's Theatre portion. When I delivered the books Friday afternoon one 1st grade student was so excited she shouted out, "They're here!"
I appreciate you visiting and look forward to having you visit again in the future!
Augusta Ranch Elementary School Media Specialist