Thursday, April 1, 2010

Our visit with Anjali

Yesterday's visit by Anjali Banerjee to our school was a great success! During our morning assembly she shared her top 10 writing tips as well as fascinating information about her childhood and family history.

Later, Anjali met separately with 3rd, 4th and 5th grades for writing workshops. Students viewed some of the interesting (and gross!) veterinary samples she acquired as part of her research for her upcoming book Seaglass Summer, then used them as inspiration for writing from the point of view of a particular animal (or part of an animal). We heard vignettes that ranged from the hilarious to the dramatic about tapeworms, ticks, cats - and even dogs' teeth!

Students also got to ask Anjali questions about her favorite authors (C.S. Lewis and Enid Blyton, among others), her inspiration for writing, her work habits as an author, and more. We are grateful to Anjali for taking time from her busy schedule to devote a whole day to our students!

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