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Mary Morton Cowan, Children's Author
Books - clipartWriting Workshops (Grades 4 and up)
I like to highlight my workshops to what students are working on in class. Talking with teachers ahead of my visits helps me focus my presentations toward their desired goals.

Digging Up Stuff. Research! How to find sources for both non-fiction and historical fiction projects, using examples and visuals from my writing. Adaptable to what topics teachers are covering with their students. (40-60 minutes)
        Curriculum Content: English Language Arts, Social Studies.

Writing it Right. Getting specific. Writing and rewriting. Choosing the best words. When to use dialogue vs. description. Explains different points of view. (30-50 minutes)
        Curriculum Content: English Language Arts.

Writing a Report. Getting started. Making factual research come alive. Writing creative opening sentences/paragraphs. (40-60 minutes)
        Curriculum Content: English Language Arts.

Telling Someone's Life Story. Highlights of writing biography and biographical sketches: conducting research, primary/secondary sources, using quotes, creating timelines, etc. (40-60 minutes)
        Curriculum Content: English Language Arts, Social Studies.

Reliving History. Includes vintage photos and other visuals to breathe life into historical writing. (40-60 minutes)
      Curriculum Content: English Language Arts, Social Studies.

Creating Characters. Uses characterization worksheets to create unique characters.  Includes a student activity. (40-60 minutes)
        Curriculum Content: English Language Arts.

What Is It Like To Be a Free Lance Writer? Career discussion: skills and education needed, working schedule, work habits, income, etc. (30-50 minutes)
        Curriculum Content: Career Preparation.
 


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