School Visit: Coral Springs, FL

On the afternoon of 5 May, I spent some time talking with 2 groups of upper elementary students. In Florida, there is a significant writing component that has been added to the 4th grade level standardized tests, so they are practicing all the steps of the writing process: deciding on a genre, brainstorming, rough drafts, editing, more editing, reading out loud, and finally the finished work. I spoke at this school in 2001, so some of the students remembered seeing me when they were in kindergarten or first grade. But they hadn’t seen my two newest books, Saguaro Moon: A Desert Journal(2002) and Words With Wings(2005), so it was fun to share them with the students. Thanks, Country Hills!

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