Creating Nonfiction:
Researching, Writing, and Revising
Melissa with young writer
Grades 3 and up, 60 minutes, serves up to 75 students
Melissa shares her secrets for creating interesting, fact-filled nonfiction: choosing a topic, doing research, organizing ideas, creating clear, lively prose, and improving a piece through revision.
Details, Details, Details
Grades 4 and up, 60 minutes, serves up to 25 students
After discussing why a writer’s first drafts often lack details, students learn and practice an easy four-step method for adding details to their writing.
Finding Your Voice
Grades 3 and up, 60 minutes, serves up to 25 students
Using examples from a variety of sources, Melissa shows students how the right voice can bring nonfiction to life. Then students practice identifying voice and working it into their own writing.
Reading a Picture:
A Look at Visual Literacy
Grades PreK-3, 40 minutes, serves up to 40 students
This fun, interactive program looks at the role pictures play in a picture book. Children develop critical thinking skills as they consider how a picture conveys information and discuss what they might have done differently if they’d been the illustrator. Supports Common Core Reading Informational Text Standards 6 and 7.
Why Chocolate Is Better Than Roses
Grades 2 and up, 45 minutes, serves up to 75 students
Discover why it took 10 years to research, write, and revise (56 times!) No Monkeys, No Chocolate. In this interactive program, Melissa describes her research adventures in the rain forest, shares rejected manuscripts, and explains how her young nieces inspired her to complete the award-winning book.
School Visits with Melissa Stewart
School Visit Slideshow
Watch this video to see how Melissa taps into the delight and fascination children have for nature and learning via the tools that nature provides.
For more information, please read the Planning a Visit page and then contact Melissa:
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