Now offering online virtual school visits for interested teachers!
Feedback so far…
“Today was AWESOME. Thanks so much for taking the time to provide our students with this opportunity. What a cool memory from the Covid 19 Shelter in Place!”
“Thank you so much. It was a great presentation and you brought out creativity in the students. This will be a great way for them to end school, writing a super hero story of their own.”
Hi teachers! So I’ve been offering two different types of online school visits, primarily targeted at 4th to 6th grades. These offerings are free of charge. My goal is to help teachers provide content for their students during a time of crisis. My only requirement is that the teacher / school select and provide the platform for the online meeting (Zoom, WebEx, Google Meet, Skype, etc.) as dictated by the requirements of your school system.
Having teachers set up and initiate the meeting on your platform of choice also ensures you can be in control of muting the students as necessary, making sure you know who you are and are not inviting into the meeting room and granting access, and generally allows you to be sure to adhere to any security requirements dictated by your school system. I always want to abide by any and all requirements. Safety first!
Besides being the author of the middle grade novel Dan Unmasked – coming July 28, 2020 from HarperCollins – I have previously been a mentor of students in my local elementary school system, and have therefore previously passed all background checks to serve in that capacity, though I do understand some systems have their own requirements to comply with. Of course I’m more than happy to complete any forms or certifications necessary to be able to interact with your students.
Because of day job requirements, afternoons are best for my schedule. Mornings are possible with advance notice, particularly on Fridays. For the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, the best times for my schedule are:
Ideal: Monday afternoons or Friday all day
Next best: Tuesday – Thursday afternoons
Other times: As stated, other morning times can be made available with some coordination and advance notice. If mornings are your only time, don’t let that deter you! We’ll work it out!
OFFERING #1 – Build-a-Superhero Workshop
Join Chris Negron, author of the middle grade novel Dan Unmasked, for a fun Build-a-Super hero workshop. Worksheets will be provided with space to name your super hero, decide on their powers and their origin story. The workshop will demonstrate to students the power of character in novel writing, and the effect character origins have on the rest of the elements of a fictional story, such as plot and motivation. A Q&A session will also provide interested students with the opportunity to ask questions about writing and publishing.
This workshop is a lot of fun and has a sneaky educational component. Using examples from real-life super heroes, students come to understand the importance that a character’s backstory (origin) plays in the types of stories a writer would naturally tell about them.
Timing: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Optional post workshop classroom exercise: students can use the characters they create in the workshop in an actual story of their own. Teachers can use this exercise as a platform for teaching other elements of fiction writing not covered directly in the character building workshop.
OFFERING #2 – “Meet and Greet” Q&A session
Students have the most interesting questions! In this session, I briefly introduce myself and Dan Unmasked, then turn it over to the students for questions on writing, being an author, getting published, or the book. Whatever they want! We can also talk baseball and comics, big topics for the characters of Dan Unmasked.
Timing: 30 to 45 minutes
Stay tuned! More workshop offerings may be developed in the future!