Author Visits

FREE VIRTUAL RESOURCES

The pandemic has forced much of learning and interaction online so, in lieu of traditional author visits, I have created a variety of virtual activities and games.
Each is slightly different.

If you are a teacher and would like to run through the escape rooms quickly to “test-drive” the content, feel free to email me directly for a teacher cheat-sheet.  🙂

SPOILER ALERT! All activities assume you have read the entire book!

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The Bitter Side of Sweet: Escape Room (45-60 minutes)

This escape room is a fun “choose your own adventure” style story that could be assigned to individual students or small groups. Topics vary, but are generally social studies-eque. Responses are not collected, but are instead verified automatically by GoogleForms so everything is a “right or wrong” answer and kids have to figure out the right answer to move on. Note: There are two versions, based on teacher preference around the inclusion of sex slavery statistics.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 9.11.50 AM The Bitter Side of Sweet: Reflection Activity (45-60 minutes)

The reflection activity is a series of more serious short answer and essay questions asking students to reflect on and engage with three complex topics related to child slavery in cocoa production. The reading level is more advanced, and the questions ask for nuanced feedback, so it may not be appropriate for all groups of students. Individual responses will be emailed to the teacher assigning it, not me, so teachers can grade or respond to student answers as they see fit.

Topics:
1. The current supreme court case of former child slaves vs. Nestle & Cargill,
2. What “Fair Trade” means and the trustworthiness of branding, and,
3. Personal slavery footprint: how responsible each of us are for the supply chains of the products we use.

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The Bitter Side of Sweet: Jeopardy Game (30 minutes)

This is your standard Jeopardy game, based off of the book itself, not teaching related material. A fun, quick class activity.

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Golden Boy: Escape Room (45-60 minutes)

This escape room overlays the process of producing a novel over a plot summary for Golden Boy. It could be assigned to individuals or small groups. Topics vary, but are generally social studies-eque. Responses are not collected, but are instead verified automatically by GoogleForms so everything is a “right or wrong” answer and kids have to figure out the right answer to move on. Videos are included where I discuss the process of writing the book to give it more of an “author visit” feel. Note: There are two versions, based on teacher preference around the inclusion of the AIDS myth.

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Golden Boy: Jeopardy Game (30 minutes)

This is your standard Jeopardy game, based off of the book itself, not teaching related material. A fun, quick class activity.

… & more coming soon, including a Golden Boy writing extension
and a full suite of activities for Treasure of the World!

IN-PERSON VISITS

At the moment, due to COVID-19, I am not offering any in-person visits. However, I am still happy to schedule virtual visits. I typically charge $100 for a 45-55 minute Q&A session, but please feel free to contact me so we can discuss your particular school and figure out what would work best!

OPEN LICENSE FOR READ-ALOUDS

For those curious about how to do classroom read-aloud and online story times, please reference the special open license from Penguin here:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/penguin-random-house-temporary-open-license/ 

Thank you for your interest in my books.
Stay safe!tempImage8ewdTB