These are the words my 4th and 5th grade students used when completing my sentence about Anne Ursu. She visited our school yesterday and she was inspiring, informative, nice, helpful and amazing. The students loved hearing the stories behind her books.
They also loved getting writing advice from a "real" writer.
Today, in library I had the students reflect on the visit by sharing a "take away" from the visit.
How does writing books influence your life?
Are any of the characters in your books based on real people from your life?
Are you interested in magic because both The Real Boy and Breadcrumbs involve magic?
Where did you get the idea for Caleb in The Real Boy?
Why did you give the characters in Breadcrumbs such interesting traits?
Was there specific inspiration in making Hazel a misfit?
We use a story arc in our classroom, do you?
How do you come up with your descriptive words?
What is the first step in the writing process?
What’s your favorite part of writing books?
What do you do when you get writers block?
How do you get inspiration for a book?
How long does it take to get your books written and published?
Which was the hardest book to write?
Are you writing any books right now and if you are what is it about?
Anne answered all of these questions and more! I heard form the classroom teachers that a few students were using some of the writing strategies that she shared in the morning during their afternoon work!