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· The Nature of Life

· Fighting CPS: Guilty Until Proven Innocent of Child Protective Services Cha

· Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: When Earth Grows Warmer

· Copper Country Chronicler: The Best of J.W. Nara

· Living on Sisu: The 1913 Union Copper Strike Tragedy

· Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: A Night with Echo

· Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: A Visit with Canis Lupis

· The Chronicles of Henry Roach-Dairier: The Re-creation of Roacheria

· The Chronicles of Henry Roach-Dairier: New South Dairy Colony 50

· The Chronicles of Henry Roach-Dairier: To Build a Tunnel

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· Lessons from an Old Dog

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· The Re-creation of Roacheria

· New South Dairy Colony 50

· To Build A Tunnel

· Eric: When Earth Grows Warmer Unit

· Wild Life and My Muse

· Living on Sisu: Extra Student Projects

· Living on Sisu: Student Activity Pages Part Three

· Living on Sisu: Student Activity Pages Part Two

· Living on Sisu Student Activity Pages Part 1

· Teacher Resources for Living on Sisu

· Teaching Unit: A Night with Echo

· Affording an Author Visit on a Tight School Budget

· Integrated Unit for Eric and the Enchanted Leaf: A Visit with Canis Lupis

· Modern Pterydactyl

· Twilight

· Autum's Ardor

· Ice Sculptor

· Honey Bee

· Fantasy's Front Door

· Ancient Wisdom

· Geology of Life

· Mosquito

· Home Town

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· Calumet Michigan Library Hosts Poetry Workshop

· Girl Scouts Earn Badge in Frontiera's Workshop

· Frontiera Has Full Week of School Visits

· New Poetry Book Now Out

· Houston Area Authors Learn about the Kroger Author Program

· Eric and the Enchanted Leaf Is World Wide

· Fighting CPS Receives Good Reviews

· Dogwood Book Festival

· Drop Everything And Read Texas

· Summer 2015 Events in Michigan's UP

· Word Wranglers Festival

· Indiepalooza

· Alumnae Authors Event

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Michigan Students Learn Writing Process

9/18/2012 10:41:00 AM

by Deborah K. Frontiera

Students in Michigan's Upper Peninsula are benefiting from author Deborah K. Frontiera's continued presence in their area. While she completes research for a regional book project, she is able to visit classrooms in the area and share her expertise.

Students in 5th and 6th grade in Calumet, MI, heard first hand from author Deborah K. Frontiera about the writing process. For the 5th graders, Frontiera described the process for producing one of her picture books--from scribbly first draft to final product. Then she showed them how to design a story of their own with the use of a simple pictorial "story map." She presentef the ptogram in a classroom with two classes in one room, and then repeated the process for two other classes in another room. As a group, students outlined a new adventure for "Eric and the Enchanted Leaf," discussed wht they might have to research for their chosen plot, and began the first few sentences. Frontiera told them they could finish that story on thier own, or write one completely different using the same story map. She also told students they could email her their stories for her to critique. In the photo with this article, Frontiera is writing student suggestions into the map.

For the 6th graders, she presented her program in the "Commons" area of the school to four classes all at once. The program focused on her book, Living on Sisu. The session lasted two hours with a break midway. Frontiera told them some of her "adventures" along the way to completing the book; demonstrated the difference between regular fiction and historical fiction; showed primary and secondary sources and discussed the problem of bias in sources; and asnwered student questions about her writing. After the break, students did a little writing on their own to a "prompt" Frontiera gave them, using all their senses to describe an object "precious" to them. Several students shared their drafts with the group and got suggestions from Frontiera on how to expand thier drafts into a finished piece.

Because research for a new book project in that region has kept Frontiera in Michigan into the start of this school year, students in other schools in the Copper Country area of the Upper Peninsula will hear similar programs before Frontiera returns to her "home base" in Houston, Texas at the beginning of October 2012.

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More News by Deborah K. Frontiera

· Calumet Michigan Library Hosts Poetry Workshop - 7/30/2015 10:21:00 AM
· Girl Scouts Earn Badge in Frontiera's Workshop - 2/3/2015 1:08:00 PM
· Frontiera Has Full Week of School Visits - 9/21/2014 8:38:00 AM
· New Poetry Book Now Out - 7/13/2014 10:07:00 AM
· Houston Area Authors Learn about the Kroger Author Program - 5/1/2013 11:03:00 AM
· Eric and the Enchanted Leaf Is World Wide - 8/4/2012 7:36:00 AM
· Fighting CPS Receives Good Reviews - 4/23/2012 6:23:00 AM
· New Book for Finlandia University Has Been Released - 4/9/2012 10:26:00 AM
· Urban Park Elementary Students Benefit from Author Visit - 4/23/2011 6:54:00 PM
· Living on Sisu Wins First Place in Purple Dragonfly Awards - 9/15/2010 11:06:00 AM
· All Four Eric Adventures Now Live on iTunes - 9/1/2010 5:51:00 PM
· Students at Calumet Middle School Study Living on Sisu - 12/3/2009 6:53:00 PM
· Second Grade Class Goes Batty - 12/5/2008 11:23:00 AM
· A Visit with Canis Lupis WINS the North Texas Book Festival Award - 3/19/2007 6:18:00 PM
· Praise and Award Nomination for Eric and the Enchanted Leaf - 12/23/2004 4:40:00 PM

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