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Home Province: British Columbia

Craft: Author Genre: Fiction & Non-Fiction

Target Audience: Ages 10 – 14

Cost for School and Public Virtual Presentation with CCBC subsidy: $200.00

Website : rowenarae.com

 

Virtual Workshop Information:

Workshop #1: How to Be a Nonfiction Writer

Target Age: Grades 5 through 8

Length: 60 mins.

Summary:

In this 60-minute interactive presentation, I talk about true stuff—that is, nonfiction! I discuss with students where I get my book ideas and give them tips on coming up with their own writing ideas. I talk about primary and secondary sources for gathering information, and also how to evaluate sources. I then talk about ways to organize nonfiction ideas and how to get beyond the scary blank page by making a structured plan. I talk only briefly about the actual writing—but I do mention writing paragraphs like sandwiches and how important it is to keep going to get to the end of a complete first draft. Next comes the most important part of all: revising! I talk about the different types of things students could look for and revise in their writing or could suggest in their peers’ writing. Throughout, I invite the students to participate in activities (on paper, at their desk) and I also share real examples of my book writing projects at the different stages I talk about.

Curriculum tie-ins: Generating ideas, evaluating sources, synthesizing ideas, planning a structured piece of writing, writing and revising text

Materials:

  • One 2-page worksheet for students to use during the presentation. If teachers/librarians are able to print off the sheet in advance, that would be great. Or, I can mail them ahead of time.
  • One tipsheet with writing and revising checklists geared for students (for teacher/librarian to give to students or post in their room).

 

Workshop #2: We’re All Connected

Target Age: Grades 5 through 8

Length: 60 mins.

Summary:

In this 60-minute interactive presentation, I talk about the common theme among all the books I write: connections in nature and in life. Using a series of examples from my books, I introduce what “connections” means and talk about different types of connections and how to visualize them. I also discuss with students what happens when one thing changes in some way. The examples I use are:

  • A food web (from my book Rachel Carson and Ecology for Kids)
  • An engineering solution that went wrong (from Chemical World: Science in Our Daily Lives)
  • The water cycle (from Upstream, Downstream: Exploring Watershed Connections)
  • Migrating salmon (from Salmon: Swimming for Survival)

For each example, I read a short passage from one of my books to describe the situation and then ask questions of the students to identify the connections. Each example also includes an activity on a worksheet that I provide. The activities focus on identifying consequences or the ripple effect from a change that happens. Throughout the workshop, I emphasize that nothing in the natural world exists all by itself.

Curriculum tie-ins: Ecology, Cycles in nature, Graph reading, Making connections

Materials:

  • One 2-page worksheet for students to use during the presentation. If teachers/librarians are able to print off the sheet in advance, that would be great. Or, I can mail them ahead of time.

Book List

A Selection of Published Titles:

Rae, R. Rachel Carson and Ecology for Kids: Her Life and Ideas with 21 Activities and Experiments. Chicago Review Press, 2020

Rae, R. Chemical World: Science in Our Daily Lives. Orca Book Publishers, 2020

Rae, R. Upstream, Downstream: Exploring Watershed Connections. Orca Book Publishers, 2021

Upcoming:

Rae, R. Salmon: Swimming for Survival. Orca Book Publishers, March 15, 2022

Biography

ROWENA RAE worked as a biologist specializing in aquatic ecosystems in Canada and New Zealand before becoming a freelance writer, editor, trainer and children’s author. She is the author of Rachel Carson and Ecology for Kids, as well as Chemical World: Science in Our Daily Lives and Upstream, Downstream: Exploring Watershed Connections in the Orca Footprints series. Her next nonfiction middle grade book, Salmon: Swimming for Survival, will be published in March 2022 in the Orca Wild series. Rowena also writes fiction for children with dyslexia or other challenges as new readers. These books are in the Meg and Greg series, which she coauthors with her sister, Elspeth Rae, a literacy teacher.