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Mine Your Life for Story Gold - Prose or Poetry

Mine Your Life for Story Gold - Prose or Poetry
In this five-day residency, Kelly teaches students that moments and memories offer inspiration for personal narratives. Through analyzing mentor texts, writing and discussing, students learn how to infuse their pieces with emotion, meaning, cohesion, power and sensory detail. Through lessons on revision and editing, they gain skills in strengthening and polishing their work and giving constructive feedback to peers. The last day features readings and a celebration of the essay or poem each has written. Grades 2-5.

Artist Background

Kelly Starling Lyons is a children's book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery. Her books include chapter book, NEATE: Eddie's Ordeal; CCBC Choices-honored picture book, One Million Men and Me; Ellen's Broom, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book, Junior Library Guild and Bank Street Best selection; Tea Cakes for Tosh, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People and winner of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Award for Juvenile Literature (sponsored by NC AAUW) and Hope's Gift, a Storytelling World Award winner and SIBA Okra Pick. She presents regularly at schools and libraries in NC, VA, SC and beyond. Learn more at

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