Characters with a Twist (3-6) Using costumes and little creativity, students will learn how to create unique characters. Students will learn the plot arc, or The Three Big Questions (character problem, obstacles, solution.) Participants will dissect a few of Lori's stories, like SO MANY LEGS, and her two novels, THE PUZZLE SEED and SUPER NOVA, to identify character, and learn how to use graphic organizers to begin character development. This session will culminate in a game: "What's in your character's pocket?"
The Poetry of Science (3-6) How do you make non-fiction fun? Here’s a hint: everything that exists in the world has a story--all you need to do is tap into the real-life tension and drama. By looking at THE COST OF FREEDOM, SAVING THE CALIFORNIA CONDOR or books from Lori’s KILLER ANIMAL series, students will become story scientists and research different wildlife. Using poetry and literary technique, students will discuss how to mesh fact and fiction. If time permits, the children will walk away with their own fun, but factual, animal poems.