Michael Finklea 2004
On January 16, 2004 Country Isles students had the memorable experience of having our very own author-in-residence for the day!Michael Finklea
, author of Fester the Pester, Who Are You Calling Junior?, Tardy Marty, Good-Natured Nina the Nervous Gnat, The Worldwide Adventures of Winston and Churchill, Creepers I, and Creepers II, spent the entire day at our school.He
energized and motivated our students to write.His
presentations emphasized what an author must endure in order to have his/her work published.Finklea
stressed the necessity of rewriting and editing....a first draft is rarely published.This really hit home for our students as they heard their teacher,s voice telling them to edit and rewrite.Students related to Finklea
ideas and were anxious to get back to their classrooms so that they could begin writing.Finklea
totally sparked our students, interest in writing.
At our Writer,s Workshop for fourth grade students, Finklea
had students create a story together.Students who brought samples of their own writing had the thrill of having a ,real, author go over their pieces and make comments.How awesome was that.....having feedback from a published author!Students were excited as Finklea
challenged them to write and to send him their writing.The students were totally mesmerized by his
presentation and their eyes sparkled as they thought about putting their ideas on paper.
Students desiring to attend a luncheon with our author entered a contest where they had to write why they wanted to have lunch with Michael Finklea
.We had many fantastic essays!PTA hosted a hoe-down style luncheon that went along with one of Finklea
,s books.Students received a memento of this occasion and had the opportunity to have their questions answered and to informally speak to Finklea
,s book signing was exciting as students met, talked, and had their books individually signed by him.Our author was amazed at the student turnout for the book signing!
An informative, fun-filled day, full of new ideas was experienced by our Country Isles Elementary students!Finklea
was so impressed by Country Isles
promised to dedicate his
next book to the school.
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