Visiting Schools: Miami

In Miami I packed away my down coat, traded bare oak branches for the tick, tick, tick of palm fronds, slipped on sandals and spoke to the entire school one day, then each individual grades in the remaining two days. We started the SPIKE FRIEND’S workshop, where students learn to write from a dog’s perspective in order to practice characterization through development of “voice.” I am just developing this workshop and I cannot wait to see/read/hear their results. I will report back when I’ve heard from them. Recent Minnesota tests have been marvelous: students love their selected dogs so much that they can make the jump into their invented characters.

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