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

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Download brochures here:

CBW Bio One Sheet

Jeff Weatherford School Visit Brochure

Jeff College Programs Brochure 2017

Jeff Weatherford Program Options

Joint Author/Illustrator Brochure

Hip Hop Tech Workshop

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
  • Pep talk 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)
  • Optional writing or art activity (if in a workshop/classroom 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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing Workshops-Try writing blues, hip hop (see above), protest song lyrics, 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.

Ask about joint author-illustrator visits with Jeffery Weatherford.

FEES FOR 2017-18: $2000 (local) to $2500 (out-of-town/overnight) travel expenses additional. Keynotes-$2500. Download current brochures above.

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