Interactive Multimedia Programs Mix Poetry, Storytelling, Music & Movement
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A TYPICAL PRESENTATION (*denotes elements for joint author/illustrator visit)
- Warm up poem
- Slide show of poems or art* created when Jeffery and I were children
- Encouragement about 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)
- Optonal writing or art activity (if in a workshop setting)
Most programs are based on poetry and nonfiction books that connect the language arts and social studies curricula. All programs are interactive and employ multimedia. Programs can be adapted as teacher or parent workshops. Here are some new and popular themes and related books.
The Tuskegee Airmen-You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen
Primary Source Images as Prompts-Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America; Remember the Bridge Poems of a People
Slavery, Segregation & Social Justice–Moses: 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
The Harlem Renaissance, Poetry & Jazz–Sugar 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
Biographies–Meet pioneering leaders, entertainers, artists and athletes who broke racial barriers and achieved against the odds.
Writing Workshops-Select from “Verbs are Engines” (grades 3-6); “Writing Rooted in Oral Traditions” (all ages); a master class on “Writing Children’s Literature” (adults); or “Hip Hop Tech: The Roots and STEM of Rap” (with Jeffery Weatherford).
Ask about discounts for joint author/illustrator visits with Jeffery Weatherford.
FEES: $1500 (local) to $2000 (out-of-town/overnight) travel expenses additional. Keynotes-$2500. Check current brochures for special offers.