My NCTE 2015 Schedule: Research, Writing, Revision, Magic, and Book Signings

As a former middle school English teacher (and always a teacher at heart!) I’ll admit that I’m partial to the annual NCTE Convention and look forward to this one the most. I have a super-full schedule at this year’s NCTE Convention and hope that I’ll see many of my teacher, librarian, author, and reader friends. Here’s where I’ll be speaking…

The Power of Passion Driven Research with Deb Perryman, Laurel Snyder, Jennifer Vincent, & LeUyen Pham

FRIDAY 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM in Minneapolis Convention Center, L100E

From baseball to ballet, Minecraft to marshmallows, favorite topics paired with authentic research opportunities unlock a love of learning in students. Two educators, three authors, and an illustrator share experiences with passion-driven research in and out of the classroom that promotes creativity, motivation, and engagement.

Read, Write, Think, Research, Rewrite…Writing is Not Linear with Susannah Richards, Katherine Applegate, & Heidi Stemple

FRIDAY  12:30 PM – 1:45 PM in Minneapolis Convention Center, Auditorium 3

While we often teach students that writing is a linear process, most writers will say that it is not. In this session authors Katherine Applegate & Heidi Stemple, a former teacher/author Kate Messner and a teacher educator will share strategies to teach writing that reflect the process of published authors.

Close Writing: Reading, Reflecting, and Revising Through a Writer’s Lens with Paula Bourque, Andrea Bryant, Sarah Albee, Linda Urban, Lester Laminack, & Selene Castrovilla

FRIDAY 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM in Minneapolis Convention Center, M100J

We teach students to closely read other authors’ writing, but what about their own?
Close Writing strategies help writers build a stronger relationship with their writing through reading, reflecting, and revising. In this session, teachers and authors will share some of these strategies from the classroom and beyond.

Global Read Aloud: Making Connections Around the World, Within Communities, Classrooms, and Ourselves with Pernille Ripp, Sharon Draper, Katherine Applegate, Jenni Holm, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, & Michelle Kedzierski

SATURDAY 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM in Minneapolis Convention Center, 101D

Imagine 300,000 students, immersed in a book, discussing with students and authors, using technology to spark a global conversation; this is the Global Read-Aloud. Join our panel featuring the founder as well as alumni authors. Be inspired to connect and be inspired to create your own global project!

Exploring Tough Issues Through Magic and Fantasy in MG and YA Literature with Linda Urban, Anne Ursu, Laura Ruby, Tracey Baptiste, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Nikki Loftin, and Colby Sharp. 

SATURDAY 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM in Minneapolis Convention Center, 101E

One of “the arts of language” is its gentle ability to help us understand the world and ourselves. Sometimes, the most fantastical stories push us to confront the hardest truths. In this session, six authors and a teacher-blogger explore using fantasy and magical realism to explore tough themes with readers.

 

I’ll also be signing books at my publishers’ booths. Here’s where I’ll be, when I’ll be there, and which titles I’ll be signing at each booth…

FRIDAY – 2:00-3:00 – Scholastic – Ranger in Time series

SATURDAY – 9:30-10:30 – Chronicle Books – OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW, UP IN THE GARDEN & DOWN IN THE DIRT, HOW TO READ A STORY, and TREE OF WONDER: THE MANY MARVELOUS LIVES OF A RAINFOREST TREE

SATURDAY – 4:00-5:00 – Bloomsbury – ALL THE ANSWERS, THE SEVENTH WISH (ARC)

  

Hope to see many of you in Minneapolis!

 

 

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