Schools invite me back year after year, because my presentations are lively, fun and engaging.
Recent presentations include Hillcrest C. S., St. Kateri Catholic School, Maurice Cody P. S., Unionville Montessori, McMurrich P. S., Brock University (teacher candidates) and many more.
I’ll be visiting many schools in Alberta during the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week author tour in May 2017. I can’t wait to meet the students and teachers in Edmonton, Camrose, Red Deer, Calmar, Thorsby and other communities. And if you’re a bookseller in that area, please contact me so I can drop by!
WORDS ARE THINGS!
Kindergarten – Grade 1
The children “become” the characters and act out the scenes through body movement and character noises. I use the Gabby series of picture books to set up the drama!
WHAT’S THAT WORD?
Grades 2 – 4
Volunteers act out scenes or become “jumbled letters” that must be physically re-ordered and made into words that the whole audience can help with.
CHARACTER, PLOT, SETTING–GO!
Character, setting and plot are examined and developed in these fast-paced workshops. Children develop their own stories right on the spot, offering up their ideas for interesting characters, exciting plots and magical objects.
LET’S MAKE A BOOK! YES, RIGHT NOW!
Workshop, Grades 5+
In one hour, the class develops the plot, characters and setting. Then teams are assigned double-page spreads to write and illustrate to create a picture book which is later assembled and submitted to the school library.
NEW! FAKE NEWS (AND HOW TO AVOID IT)
Media Literacy, Critical Thinking, Journalism, Safe Internet Usage
A new study from Stanford University shows that kids have difficulty distinguishing “real” from “fake news” — including sponsored posts, ads and opinion pieces. That’s not shocking; after all, we adults have trouble, too. That’s because the “fake news” posters have become really, really good at what they do. In this presentation, I give students a broad range of tools to help them think about when they should be skeptical about an article, and then how to go about discovering whether it’s actually “fake news.” This is a timely and important topic, that’s becoming increasingly important, every day.
THINKING (CRITICALLY) ABOUT THE NEWS
Media Literacy, Critical Thinking, Point-of-View, Journalism
Based on my popular TeachingKidsNews.com kid-friendly news website, children learn about the current news of the day and come to understand the issues. Discussions involving point-of-view, bias and the basics of reporting help them begin to think critically about the news they see and hear every day.
Videos of my presentations
Please click on the videos in the right-hand column of this website for examples of my presentations with various types of audiences.
There is more information on Joyce’s presentations on her CCBC directory page.
Contact her today to book a school visit, a workshop or a Skype visit!