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Igniting Opinions; Igniting Narratives

Igniting Opinions; Igniting Narratives
Wilde's literacy workshops find ways for participants of all ages think, wonder, discuss, take risks, and find meaning. Student-centered residencies focus on developing higher order thinking and collaboration and are aligned to Common Core State Standards. Week-long residencies link published books with and student writing. Professional Development Workshops for K-8 teachers can run from 2 hours to 10 hours. Examples include: "Reading Methods to Examine Nonfiction"ť; "Reading Methods to Teach Inference, Prediction, Sequencing and Text Connections." Family-Parent Workshops focus on reading or writing for grades K-6. They include presentation of appropriate books on various topics and activities to help children think and wonder. The 1-2 hour programs include bibliographies and book give-aways. Community-building through collaborative writing links with collaborative illustration to aid groups (libraries, museums, or others) in representing their vision with story and art.

Artist Background

Susie Wilde, M.Ed., is a writer, teacher, consultant and presenter. She writes a monthly column for Raleigh's News and Observer and her published works include a picture book, Extraordinary Chester, a book for teachers, Write-A-Thon! How to Conduct a Writing Marathon and a NCDPI sponsored book written with NC teens, What Can A Small Bird Be? For over thirty years, Wilde has shared her passion for reading, writing, and reviewing in workshops for parents, teachers and students using four secrets of teaching: showing rather than telling brings security and clarity; collaboration deepens understanding; linking reading, writing, talking and thinking creates meaning; and play increases involvement. To learn more visit:

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