Bissonet Plaza Elementary Residency Day 3 – Monday, December 10, 2012

Friends:   On Monday, my first class was Ms. Duhe’s first grade class. I was right in the middle of telling my story, Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear, When the fire alarm went off. We all had to evacuate the classroom. Fortunately, it was only a drill so we were all able to […] 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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Bissonet Plaza Elementary 2012 Residency Day 1 – Wednesday, December 6, 2012

  Friends:   Today was the first day of my annual artist residency visit to Bissonnet Plaza Elementary school. I will be at the school for five days, teaching the steps of writing to third through fifth grades, and sharing stories and a craft with the lower grades. My first visit was to Ms. Morrow’s […] Read More

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How to Write YA Fiction: An Interview with Deborah Halverson – Monday, July 25, 2011

Blog Tour with Deborah Halverson, Author of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies Story Connection: Deborah, thank you so much for being a guest on the Story Connection Blog. Congratulations on the publication of your new book, Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies. As someone who has worked on both sides of the fence, you […] Read More

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New Jersey Association of School Librarians Conference 11-14 & 11-15-08

Friends: I arrived in East Brunswick, New Jersey on Thursday, November 13, 2008 at the Hilton Hotel for the New Jersey Association of School Librarians Conference. After signing books at the Libraries Unlimited booth, I went to dinner with Debby Laboon (Libraries Unlimited’s Authors Respresentative) and Anne Scharff (Greenwood Press’ Sales Representative). We met Judy […] Read More

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Stories on Board Educator Workshop at Audubon Elementary – Monday, November 3, 2008

Friends: On Monday, I presented a professional development workshop at Audubon Elementary for the teachers. I forgot my digital camera but was able to take a few pictures with my phone camera. I presented, “Stories on Board: Creating Board Games from Favorite Tales.” I showed the teachers my method of turning folktales into board games […] Read More

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