Roachpunzel by Dasia, Amben, Mya and Jakhyri

  Once upon a time, there lived a princess named Roachpunzel. She lived in a far east village in New York City. She had long, long blonde hair and wore a beautiful purple dress.   Misty, the evil squirrel witch, trapped Roachpunzel at the top of a skyscraper.   “I wish I could stroll in […] Read More

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Caldwell Middle School Author Residency Day 4 – Thursday, January 10, 2013

  Friends:   Today was Day 4 of my 5 day writing residency at Caldwell Middle School through a grant administered by Story Tapestries and the Houma Regional Arts Council. Today, the students focused on finishing their stories if they hadn’t already and writing their final drafts. They did superb work and I was ecstatic […] Read More

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Caldwell Middle School Author Residency Day 3 – Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  Friends:   Today was day three of my writing residency at Caldwell Middle School through a grant administered by Story Tapestries and the Houma Regional Arts Council. The students were given a rubric to follow. Each story was required to have:   * A beginning, middle and end * Interesting characters * Dialogue * […] Read More

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Caldwell Middle School Author Residency Day 2 – Tuesday, January 8, 2013

  Friends:   Today was the second day of my writing residency at Caldwell middle school through a grant administered by Story Tapestries and the Houma Regional Arts Council.     Today, the students began brainstorming story ideas using story prompts that included two animal characters and a situation. First, I modeled the brainstorming process […] Read More

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Caldwell Middle School Author Residency Day 1 – Monday, January 7, 2013

  Friends:   Today was my first day at Caldwell Middle School doing a writing residency with the fourth grade students. First, I taught the students how to make a six page book out of a single sheet of paper using origami, the Japanese art of paper-folding.     Using my book, The Little “Read” […] Read More

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Author Visit at Caldwell Middle School – Friday, January 4, 2013

  Friends:   On Friday, January 4, I did an author visit at Caldwell Middle School in Shriever, Louisiana through Story Tapestries and a grant through the Houma Regional Arts Council. I began my show with the story of The Cajun Cornbread Boy. The fourth and fifth grade students in the audience really had fun […] Read More

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Assumption Parish Library Workshop and Performance – Thursday, January 3, 2013

  Friends:   On Thursday, January 3, 2013, I had a professional development workshop and performance at the Assumption Parish Library through story tapestries and the Houma Regional Arts Council decentralized arts funding program. From 9 a.m. to noon, I taught the librarians a professional development workshop. I did my “Handmade Tales” workshop.     […] Read More

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Bissonet Plaza Elementary Artist Residency Day 4 – December 10, 2012

Friends: Today was my fourth day at Bissonnet Plaza Elementary. My first visit was actually an assembly program for pre-K and kindergarten classes. It was held in the cafeteria and the students and I had so much fun. I performed Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear, Dinosaur Mardi Gras, and “Bandana Man.” The little […] Read More

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Giraffella and Sharkie by Fourth Grade Students at Bissonet Plaza Elementary – Friday, December 7, 2012

  Note from Dianne: This story was created in Ms. Morrow’s fourth grade class. The studnts worked in groups and were given the characters of a giraffe and a shark. They were also given a situation, which was “Trapped in a Tower.” This is what they did with the story. So cute!   Giraffella and […] Read More

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Bissonet Plaza Elementary Residency Day 2 – Friday, December 7, 2012

  Friends:   On Friday, I visited Bissonnet Plaza Elementary School for the second day of my artist residency. I visit the school every year and I just love it. My first class was Ms. Mora’s fourth grade students. Using my upcoming book, The Little “Read” Hen, I teach them the elements of writing from […] Read More

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