*doesn't like describing how people look, she would rather find other ways to make the character memorable.
*based some of the characters off of people she knows.
*is working on a new book that takes place during the McCarthy Era, that is based on her father's family's experience.
*that rough drafts help the writer to get a better story
*that they shouldn't try to make a first draft perfect
*that ideas can change after your rough draft
*that it's okay if your rough draft is not that good, it is a place to begin.
*the steps to her writing process
*that writing is just redoing
*that Lions of Little Rock was based upon her mom's experience
*that not every day is a good writing day
*that some good books can have real information in them
*that books that aren't all true can have real facts
*that writers do a lot of revising
*that some writers might have to throw away a lot of work( (150 pages!)
The students have some additional questions for Kristin:
How do you do your research?
How do you edit?
Did you have to do research on segregation?
Do you have a special place you like to write?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~For the reflection and assessment of this author visit I gave each of the four classroom a different prompt,
What did you learn?
What new strategies will you apply to your writing?
Kristin Levine explained...
What is your "take away" from this visit?
The one that received the most thoughtful responses from students was the one that asked them to finish the sentence. The second best responses came from the question "What did you learn?" Food for thought as I continue to hone my assessment skills.