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Interactive Multimedia Programs Mix Poetry, Storytelling, Music & Movement: Mother-Son, Author-Illustrator Visits with Jeffery Weatherford

Jeff and Carole at Barnaby Elementary School Oxon Hill MD

Author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator/poet Jeffery Weatherford present solo and joint presentations that spark  kids’ creativity and expand their possibilities. Most programs are based on poetry and nonfiction books that connect the English/language arts and social studies curricula. All programs are interactive and employ multimedia. Programs can be adapted as teacher or parent workshops. 

A TYPICAL PRESENTATION

  • Warm up poem(s)
  • Slide show of poems or art* created when Jeffery and I were children
  • Talk about the writing/art process: practice, preparation and perseverance
  • Poetry performance or book talk/reading of feature book(s)
  • Art demo by Jeffery*
  • Q&A about writing, art* and publishing or about the feature book’s historical context
  • Slide show of publishing process and writing tips (if time permits and grade appropriate)
  • Optional writing or art activity (if in a workshop/classroom setting)

Here are some popular program themes and related books.

The Tuskegee Airmen-You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen

The Roots & STEM of Hip Hop –Writing workshop covering the history, craft and technology behind the lyrics and beats.

Slavery, Segregation & Social JusticeMoses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom; Freedom in Congo Square; Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins; Birmingham, 1963; Sink or Swim: African American Lifesavers of the Outer Banks; Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement; Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library; Be A King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You

Biographies–Meet history-makers and barrier-breakers who achieved against the odds: Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Lena Horne, Fannie Lou Hamer, Jesse Owens, Matthew Henson, Arturo Schomburg and more.

Primary Source Images as Prompts-Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America; Remember the Bridge Poems of a People; Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression

The Harlem Renaissance, Poetry &  JazzSugar Hill: Harlem’s Historic Neighborhood; The Sound That Jazz Makes; Becoming Billie Holiday; Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane; Jazz Baby; The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

Writing Workshops-Try writing blues, hip hop (see above), protest song lyrics, protest signs, proverbs, or recipe poems. Pen letters inspired by primary source photographs. Learn a format for reviewing anything. Also workshops and master classes for children’s book creators.

FEES

Solo or joint visits: $500-4000 (travel expenses may be additional)

Skype visits: $300/30-45 minute session

Free 15-minute Skype session: If school has a classroom set of books or is doing an author study or common read.

Contact: cbwpoet@gmail.com or The Booking Biz

Download brochures here.

Carole and Jeff Joint Brochure

Carole One Sheet

Jeff 2019 school visit brochure

HIP HOP TECH flyer

Jeff WDUS4? Foot Soldiers Collage/Mural Workshop

 

SHOP for Books by the Weatherfords

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