Poetry Turns Kids into Writing Pros!
Bring the Magic of Poetry into Your Classroom
with Children's Poet and Teacher Ted Scheu
Author Website: www.poetryguy.com
Author Address: Middlebury, VT
Genres: Children's Poetry - Humorous and 'Heartful'
Presentations: My Skype Sessions can take four different forms:
1. Virtual Assembly -These are very much like the rollicking assembly I would do ‘in-person’ except that I’m mostly sitting down. They are fun, interactive dialogues, tailored to the grade(s) I’m ‘virtually-visiting’ with, and designed to fully meet your needs—those we have planned in advance. If it’s a first ‘encounter,’ I will often share my thoughts about writing and poetry, explain how poetry and I have gotten along over the years (we’ve not always been friendly), and I always share a pile of my funny, ‘heartful’ poems—including many interactive ones. We will also write a poem together on my easel, and present it to the world. Time, always for Q&A at the end.
2. Writing Workshop - I love to try to do a writing workshop on Skype, though this can be challenging since I like to post poems as models on the wall, and use my very low-tech easel a lot. But it’s worth a shot. My goal is to help children get revved up about finding their own writer’s voices in their poems, while I encourage careful word choice and close observation of themselves and their world. I leave time for Q&A and sharing at the end.
Ask me to send you my workshop ‘menu’ of topic choices. At the end of each workshop, I send the kids their ‘poetic licenses’ so they can take flight.
3. Mostly Q&A – Depending on the length of our session, I can do an abbreviated assembly-type program, then leave plenty of time at the end for serious (fun) Q&A. If the kids have been prepped and have read a lot of my poems, I can get into detail with them about how/why particular poems were written, and more specifically discuss the process of poem writing and revising. And how they can do the very same thing, and even send me their finished product.
4. Follow-Up - I often do a Skype session (for free!) to follow-up a visit I have recently made “in-person” to your classroom, so we can, a few weeks after our workshop, check in and share some of our lingering questions, and even share some of our poems! Yippee!
Available Times: You can check out my calendar on-line at www.poetryguy.com/schoolvisits_calendar.php Generally, most times that are not actual school visit days are open for on-line presentations. Keep time zones in mind. I like to be home in Vermont for Skype sessions. Any time of the school day works.
No recording of Skype Sessions without permission from the author.
No Cost Meet the Author Visit: I’m happy to do a ten-ish minute session for free—either a quick ‘chat ‘n chew,’ or mostly to set up the technical issues for the a full Skype session.
In-Depth Visit Length: 45-60 Minutes
In-Depth Visit Cost: $200
Prerequisites: None. It’s ever much more fun and effective for the kids if they have read some of my poems before we ‘virtually’ meet. But we can still have a blast laughing and writing together if we are meeting for the first time.
Contact Information: Contact me through email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or through my web site: www.poetryguy.com
Another fine way to track me down, and learn more about me is through my rep Kerri McPhail at www.childrensauthorsally.com Kerri can also help you order the books you need to be poetry pros before we meet in cyberspace.
Affiliations: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Society of Martian-Born Poets and Puppies
Some of Ted's Books: