Guest speakers often bring a new insight and richness to learning, especially when favorite authors share with students. Recently, two authors visited several Lakota schools to provide an insider’s view of the writing and reading process.
Lester Laminack, author of many children’s books including Trevor’s Wiggly Wobbly Tooth, Saturday and Teacakes and Three Hens and A Peacock, visited Wyandot Early Childhood School, and Adena, Cherokee and VanGorden elementary schools. Thanks to the schools’ PTA/PTOs that sponsored the visits, Mr. Laminack shared several inspirational stories and helped students gain a better understanding of the writing process.
In addition, he also shared from his children’s books on bullying prevention and how to act with kindness to others. During the weeks prior to his visit, the students read and discussed his books in preparation for the interaction.
“Our students enjoyed hearing about the process necessary to take a story from concept through actual production,” states Valerie Montgomery, principal at Cherokee Elementary. “Many weren’t aware of the many stages a book goes through in order for them to have the finished product and they were interested to learn how an author must edit and refine the story.”
Since he is also the author of several professional books for educators, the visits incorporated time for the staff to chat with Mr. Laminack regarding ways to foster a love of reading in young children.
Another author, Dan Poblocki, visited Hopewell Junior and shared his insight with the students. Poblocki, who pens mystery and horror novels for young people, described his writing process from the spark of starting a story, to the craft of developing ideas and outlines, and finally, the importance of revising one's work.
“It was a tremendous opportunity for our students to hear from an author on what their writing process is and how they turn ideas into stories,” says Principal Jeff Rouff. “We may have created some future authors during the assembly.”