Dare to Dream!
Inspiring kids to follow their dreams!
Written for children 8 – 12, UP IN THE AIR empowers students to overcome obstacles and realize their dreams. The book is an allegory that all children can relate to, and it encourages them to face their fears and surmount daily challenges. I relate this work of fiction to life experiences in order to enhance the language-arts curriculum with a focus on building self-esteem and inspiring kids to see possibilities.
Up in the Air was a delight to read aloud to my grade 4 students, providing them with an insight into how to pursue your dreams and how to use those dreams to help with real life situations.
My students loved discovering the deeper messages of the story, which is both imaginative and realistic at the same time.
Suzanne Kapur, Grade 6 teacher
This book brought up a lot of interesting discussions in my classroom. Students were very engaged and expressed an interest in having it turned into a movie!
Christin Shmanka Grade 6 teacher
- Write essays
- Write poetry
- Come up with new chapters to go with the book or create their own stories
- Develop Art projects
- Brainstorm the meaning of passages and how it relates to them.
Here is an example of an essay on UP IN THE AIR written by a Grade 5 student as her school project.
Trailers are wonderful. They can tell you so much about a book (or movie). So you can imagine how I felt when I visited one school and found out that the class had produced six trailers on Up In the Air.
Here are two of the trailers
created by students.
Within a 50 mile radius of Toronto, Ontario*
Classroom visit (one 60 minute presentation) $250.00
School Visit (Two 60 minute presentations) $450.00
*outside Toronto, there may be additional fees.
If you’re looking for an author in the southeastern US, check out my friend Kim Norman at http://www.kimnormanbooks.com
I am available for school visits and presentations in person and via Skype
Topics I cover include:
- How to write Effective Dialogue
- The birth of Inspiration
- Character Development
- Plot Development
If there is a subject not mentioned here which you would like me to discuss, please let me know.
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