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7 Reasons to Attend the Ignite Your Writing through Research Adult Workshop

Why join the Ignite Your Writing through Research adult workshop on Wednesday, December 6th from 5:30PM – 7:30 PM at the National Archives in Washington, DC?

  1. It’s FREE!!!
  2. Take a break from the stress of the holiday season and do something for yourself.
  3. Learn a new skill to help you with your hobby or burgeoning career.
  4. Move forward on that project you promised yourself you would finish.
  5. Spend time with people who enjoy the same things you do.
  6. Explore more of what the National Archives has to offer.
  7. I’ll be there! – (okay this one could go either way)

We will discuss why research is essential for all types of writing and engage in a hands-on activity designed to help you pull information from different record types and keep it organized for your writing project.

Space is limited, so sign up today!

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A Little Wicked Named to BookWorks “Back to School Recommended Reading” List for 2017!

What an exciting day! I received word that A Little Wicked had been named to the “Back to School Recommended Reading” list by BookWorks, a fabulous organization dedicated to Indie authors and their craft. Find the lists for all age groups here!

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Being named to a list like this is wonderful recognition for A Little Wicked but is also a great way to learn about other books recognized on the list. I am looking forward to a new reading list.

Thank you BookWorks!

 

Fun Lesson Plan for Middle-Grade Historical Fiction

Use historical fiction in the classroom as a tool for honing writing skills. This plan is useful after the class has read a middle-grade historical fiction novel together.

♦ Objective: Broaden students’ understanding of character motivation

♦ Activity: Create and compare two Motivation Maps

  • Draw the outline of a person on the board or with an overhead projector. You can use craft paper and make it life size.
  • Ask students to write personality traits of the main character inside the outline, one at a time.
  • Ask students to write outside influences on the main character outside the outline, one at a time. Include influences specific to the time period.
  • Have students draw the outline of a person on their own large sheet of paper.
  • Have them copy all the outside influences from the class outline to their own.
  • Ask students to write their own personality traits inside the outline.

♦ Discussion: Ask students how they would react differently than the main character did to the outside influences and why.

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Find more lesson plan ideas at Marcie Colleen’s website. Share your experiences in the comments.

Curriculum Guide

A Little Wicked Guide – free PDF download

“…readers will learn a lot about resilience and Scottish identity.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Now that A Little Wicked is available in libraries across the country (and a little in Canada!), it’s a good time to repost the link to the FREE A Little Wicked Curriculum Guide written by Marcie Colleen.  It is an excellent resource for homeschool families, librarians, book clubs, teachers and other educators.

Remember the multi-talented and effervescent Marcie Colleen has written many amazing curriculum guides for picture books as well as middle grade. Take a look!

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