School Visits and Presentations Overview
As a highly effective teacher, Katrina will use her multi-cultural book, So Long Gnop-Jiye, to present an authentic, interactive, highly engaging, and inspiring experience to children. Her program includes an engaging before reading activity to build background knowledge and connect to her readers, a guided read-aloud of her book that encourages students to pause, think, and closely comprehend the story, and a fun, after reading every pupil response true/false quiz! Access to her free common-core aligned teacher guide will be made available to teachers after the presentation, so that learning continues in the classroom!
How Your Life Becomes a Story
Grade level: 1-5
Duration: 50 minutes
How your life becomes a story is an interactive presentation showing how Katrina’s life inspired her book, So Long Gnop-Jiye. Using a treasure chest of Katrina’s personal items and photographs, children gain understanding about her book and the value of books that portray many cultures! Afterwards, Katrina reads her book, answers questions, and ends the presentation with a fun game of true/false.
Common Core Anchor Standards:
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Diversity Unites Us All: Igniting Children’s Voices of the 21st Century
Grade level: Adult
Duration: 30 minutes
We will explore why culturally diverse books matter in the 21st century; how these books encourage reading and unite children. I will share my inspiration for writing my book, So Long Gnop-Jiye, meaningful passages, and discuss how to integrate this book, and other culturally diverse books into common core instruction.
SCHEDULING A VISIT
*I want my audience to walk away inspired. If you have specific program needs or topics to address, I am willing to adapt a presentation to meet your needs! Please contact me through my website http://www.katrinamoorebooks.com to discuss details and set up a visit.
*While standard rates apply, author fee varies depending on length of visit, number of presentations, travel expenses, special considerations, etc. Please contact author to set up a visit tailored to your needs.
AUTHOR VISIT PREPARATION
Please review all program requirements and check any necessary equipment prior to the program date.
· Projector-computer screen set up for PowerPoint Presentation
For groups larger than 40 and/or large spaces ALL programs will require:
· Microphone (preferably handless, wireless, lapel microphone).
CHILDREN’S PROGRAM PREPARATION REQUIREMENTS
1. Provide copies of the author's book to each classroom scheduled to attend the presentation — reading and studying the author's work (AFTER PRESENTATION) should be highly encouraged.
2. Make sure multiple copies of the author’s book are available for borrowing from the school library prior to the presentation.
3. Send out book orders to students’ families prior to the author visit (see book order section). Set aside purchased books and arrange time for author to sign purchased books the day of the presentation—outside of presentation time (prior to distributing books).
4. Put together a packet for each teacher who will participate. Include the free biographical information and resources available on the author's website.
5. Arrange a meeting for all the participating teaches so they can discuss classroom activities and lessons (AFTER PRESENTATION) based on the author's work and visit. Encourage use of the author’s common-core aligned teacher’s guide.
6. Help students prepare questions to ask an author during any planned open discussion time.
PRE-VISIT BOOK ORDERS
I strongly encourage book sales in coordination with school visits. Not only because it supports the author, but it also enhances the value of the visit for the students. A book autographed by an author that has been seen in person is a constant reminder of the excitement of reading. Book sales can also provide supplementary funds to your school. For school visits it is recommended that books are pre-sold. The easiest way to handle book sales is to let a local bookseller order the books. Many bookstores will grant discounts for quantity and/or education buying. These discounts can be used to earn money for the school or can be passed on as savings to students. You should contact your bookseller before sending home order forms to confirm pricing and to catch any unforeseen glitches. Also, please realize that after your order is delivered, you must organize the books accordingly. Your bookseller should be able to help guide you along this process. A book order template can be used to send home to families (provided when a visit is scheduled).
Thank you for your interest! I look forward to sharing a meaningful, inspiring experience with you.