Yay for Memorial Elementary School!

Last week I had the good fortune to do interactive presentations with grades 3, 4 and 5 at Memorial Elementary School in Leicester, Massachusetts. My topic was revision, and the students were polite, enthusiastic, and engaged. The time and effort administrators and teachers had put into preparation was clear. All the students had already heard several of my books. They had even written poems using their own names, like my character Sidney the poet in Don’t Call Me Sidney. Their charming poems, with illustrations, were posted all around the gym.
The students’ responses to my questions and writing prompts made it clear that the school is doing a great job encouraging literacy. I was told that my presentation inspired students. Well, they inspired me!

Students responding to writing prompt

Hard at work on a writing prompt

A volunteer sharing her stellar writing that served as practice for character development

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