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Nonfiction Rocks!

Last night I wrapped up my teaching career as a Distinguished Lecturer at Queens College, the City University of New York. I was delightedly surprised when Christine Schachter arrived at my Nonfiction Literature class with this very cool & delicious … Continue reading

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“Who Writes?”

Today, I had fun doing an Author Visit with Sophie’s first grade class at PS 334, The Anderson School in New York City. I showed a PowerPoint about how I write both fiction and nonfiction stories. The kids were delighted … Continue reading

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Sophie, butterfies, and tickets

Several friends recently reminded me that they check my blog to see what I am up to, in particular with Sophie. Last weekend she came for a two-night sleepover, which meant we could spend all day at the Bronx zoo.

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Catching up

At last!!! A few days ago, I sent to my editor everything that is needed to publish my forthcoming book about the friendship between Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony that changed history–revised manuscript, front matter and back matter, … Continue reading

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Author Visit at P.S. 174

Last week I visited with two classes of sixth grade students & their teacher Marie Russell at P.S. 174. The students had read my book, Where the Action Was: Women War Correspondents in World War II, so I brought in … Continue reading

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School starts and “booktalks”

We’re abuzz with school starting preparation. So when does school start for us? Tomorrow for Linda at Teachers College, Wednesday for me at Queens, next week for David at Ramapo and Sue at New York University and Sophie, in first … Continue reading

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Last night we went to a powwow at the Queens County Farm in Floral Park, NY. It was fabulous. Here’s a clip of Keith (whose last name I didn’t catch, but I’ll try to track down), a Plain Cree from … Continue reading

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On teaching about Thanksgiving

The technology worked–mostly–during the Skype conversation yesterday. As always, it was interesting and fun to talk with readers/teachers about my process for writing nonfiction books, in this case Thanksgiving: The True Story. I’m about to leave for San Antonio, Texas, … Continue reading

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Music, Art, Reading & Writing

Re my 10/16/08 post: The teacher, Marie Russell, who uses Vivaldi’s Four Seasons” in her classroom sent me this picture of the autumn results, “Turning Nature into Art: Inspired by Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’” (click on picture for larger image).

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Students and scientific reasoning and Sue Kirch

Here is a link to a short video in which Sue Kirch, a science educator at New York University, discusses the question: Can elementary school students engage in scientific reasoning?

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