Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wednesday Writers Weigh In: Its Almost Back to School Time!

Its almost back to school time!  Can you believe that we are already in the last few weeks of summer?  Its been a hot one for many of us around the globe.  I know that I am eagerly anticipating apple picking, pie baking, colored leaves and pumpkin lattes.

I am also excited about a new endeavor that I am developing this fall and looking to launch in early 2013.  That's right folks, I am going to start a business of creating educational curriculum and lesson plans for authors and teachers!  Its time I tapped back into my bachelor's degree in education, my masters degree in educational theater and my extensive resume of curriculum building.

Anyway, as I move forward with this project I could really use your help.

Authors, what do you look for in curriculum tie-ins and activities for classroom/library visits?  Also, what is usually your budget for such materials?

Thanks, writers!  I really appreciate your answers in advance!

Weigh In!

15 comments:

  1. I somehow did not know that you had an Ed Theater background, I think! Where did you study? I did the English Ed/Ed Theater MA at NYU. Your business sounds very cool. Good luck!

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    1. My Masters is from NYU in Educational Theater. My Bachelor's is from Oswego State in English Education and Theater

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  2. Wish you all the very best with your new biz!

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  3. OOh, way to go Marcie!!! I also enjoy creating curriculum aids and teacher study guides. I actually have had three published http://worddiaries.blogspot.com/p/published-works.html and a fourth was just sent to an author and I am awaiting her final revision request!

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    1. Wow! Congrats! Thanks for sharing the link. :)

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  4. I can't offer you advice, but I'm excited for you. Best wishes with the new business!

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! Enthusiasm is appreciated, too. :)

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  5. What a great idea, Marcie! I am always trying to think up curriculum tie-ins for my books. Some are easier than others. So far I have made all my own materials except for the classroom guides for Can't Sleep Without Sheep and April Fool, Phyllis which I had done by Shannon Morgan who has a lot of expertise in curriculum. She helped me put together classroom guides connected to content standards - which i knew nothing about :)

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    1. Content Standards are so important to teachers. Its how they can "prove" something is worthy of bringing to their classroom. Definitely want to include standards in my guides.

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  6. Best of luck with this, Marcie! I think there is a real need because when I look for activities to go with reviews for Perfect Picture Book Friday, there are a lot of books with no resources. I am sure the authors just don't have the time to research and create.

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    1. Good point, Penny. I also don't think all authors have the know-how. And it takes one thing off of the author's list of things to do. Which is also why I want to include an option for a school visit lesson plan. Some authors do not even have a clue what to do when they go into a classroom. This would give them a blueprint to assure a homerun when they visit.

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  7. So impressed, Marcie, that you have embarked on a project to utilize your many talents for the benefit of authors, teachers & most of all the kids!

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    1. Thank you, Patricia! Its also a great way to feel better about the student loans I am still paying Sallie Mae for every month. :)

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  8. Marcie, you certainly are the girl on the GO!
    and yes, Scott....funny, funny.
    keep keeping us informed.

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