Rev up your students’ interest in reading and writing!
Soar Into Books!
Workshop with Carmella Van Vleet and Nancy Roe Pimm
Don’t just book an author visit, book a learning adventure your students will never forget! Through large group presentations and smaller, interactive workshops, authors Nancy Roe Pimm and Carmella Van Vleet will ignite students’ interest in reading, writing, and history.
A typical day begins with a large group presentation where Carmella discusses her writing process and the need to revise and never give up. At the end of the day, Nancy closes with a talk about her writing journey and the importance of believing in yourself and following your dreams. In between, Carmella and Nancy meet with groups for grade- appropriate workshops.
Individual author visits are offered as well. Details for an author visit with Nancy Roe Pimm are listed below:
Program 1: Race to Your Dreams
Approx. 50 minutes
I begin with a brief bio of my journey on becoming an author. I wrote my first book at age ten and still have it to share with the students. I discuss the importance in believing in your dreams even when surrounded by non-believers! I share my magazine articles about sharks, elephants, and gorillas. While discussing the Indy 500 book and The Daytona 500 book, I bring along “pit trash” from the Rahal/Letterman Indy 500 winning race team. Included in my props are an actual racing uniform and helmet, a seat from an Indy car, wings from an Indy car, racing flags, a NASCAR tire and other assorted Indy car parts. I end the presentation with tips on writing!
Projector and table needed.
Program 2: The Heart of a Dream
Approx. 50 minutes
I begin with a brief bio of my journey to become an author. I share my first nonfiction book, written at age 10 and many magazine articles about sharks, elephants, and of course, gorillas. Once again I stress the importance of believing in dreams of any size! I present a slide show of gorillas while I share the heart-warming true-life stories from The Heart of the Beast and Colo’s Story. As we discuss the books, we will discuss the many ways in which gorillas are “hauntingly human!” I end with tips on writing for the students. Projector needed.
Program 3: The Inside Track to Creative Writing
Approx. 60 minutes
Through an interactive game, I will teach the students the various steps needed to create a piece of fiction. After playing the game, the students will break up into groups of 4-6 to create their very own stories. Recommended for grades 3 and up.
Program 4: The Inside Track to Non-Fiction Writing
Approx 45 minutes
Through an interactive game I will teach the students the process of writing non-fiction. This process can be used throughout their school career for term papers and reports. I will also share a power point presentation on writing non-fiction. Recommended for grades 4 & up.
Program 5: Author Walk-About
I will drop in on up to six classrooms for about 15 minutes at a time for a question and answer session.
Pimm offers three presentations a day. Large groups are fine. She brings along “pit trash” from the Rahal/ Letterman Indy 500 winning race team and the Chip Ganassi NASCAR team. Included in her props are an actual racing uniform and helmet, a seat from an Indy car, wings from an Indy car, racing flags, and other assorted Indy car parts. There is also a slide show about racing and writing. A projector which plugs into a lap top is needed. Pimm will share many racing stories from her years working on an Indy 500 pit crew. She also talks to the group about writing tips and a writer’s life. She shares with the younger age groups her magazine articles about elephants, gorillas, and sharks. She wraps up the presentation by talking to the group about believing in and following your dreams. Ms. Pimm wrote her first book as a ten-year old and has it to share with the audience. Her husband followed his dreams from farmer to racing in the Indy 500, although he was told many times his dream was impossible. She encourages the kids to achieve their dreams through reading, writing, and perseverance