Program Flyer: Brainstorming; Write Exciting Nonfiction on Any Topic with Author Carla Killough McClafferty

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Contact Information
Carla Killough McClafferty
302 Pondside Drive
White Plains, NY  10607
Phone: (501) 993-0434
Program Title
Brainstorming; Write Exciting Nonfiction on Any Topic with Author Carla Killough McClafferty
Program Type
Individual Program
Program Rating
   based on 3 evaluation(s).
Target Audience
Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons
Maximum Number of Participants
40, smaller groups will allow the participants to receive more interaction with the author.
Minimum Number of Participants
No minimum
Primary Disciplines
Language Arts/English, Literacy, Writing, Problem Solving
Program Description
In this unique session, we will discuss research paper topics. We will cover how to develop an idea in ways that will take it from ordinary to original. This will be an interactive brainstorming session, so it would be most effective if we discussed research topic ideas from your own students. To accomplish this, the teacher will gather a list of research topics from their students and email the list to me at least one week before the video session. During the session I will guide the discussion to show students a variety of directions they might use to approach their research. This session will model the critical thinking skills needed to plan research so that you get the information you need without wasting time and energy.
Program Format
1. We will discuss where research project ideas come from. Even when the teacher assigns a project, the students can put their own spin on the topic.
2. We will discuss how to take a general topic and find a unique angle.
3. We will take research ideas submitted by the students and discuss the possible ways to approach the topic.
4. I will model critical thinking skills involved with developing ideas.
1. The participant will gain insight into how to develop an idea for a research project.
2. The participant will participate in critical thinking skills required to think “outside the box” about their research.
3. The participant will learn simple steps to take that will make their research papers easier to accomplish.
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns
Technology Productivity Tools , Technology Communications Tools , Technology Research Tools , Technology Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Tools
State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.9 Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Program Length
1 hour for grades 4 through 12 preferred, but will fit it to your schedule if necessary
Program Cost
By Request: $300.00
By Request Premium: $270.00
Program Fee Notes
The price is per site. iNK Think Tank will invoice and collect the fee.
Cancellation Policy
We make every effort to rebook. However, a last minute cancellation, with less than a two day notice will incur a $100.00 kill fee.
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Program Delivery Mode(s)
Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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