Friday, September 23, 2011

Whitney Stewart is the First Visiting Author of the Year

On Thursday, September 22nd, the seventh graders were treated to a visit by local author, Whitney Stewart. The students have begun the research process for their social studies fair papers in English class. I asked Whitney if she would visit PFTSTA to talk to the students about how she goes about researching when she begins a new non-fiction book.

She has been very fortunate to actually meet the subjects of some of her biographies including Sir Edmund Hillary, the 14th Dalai Lama, and Aung San Suu Kyi. To meet these remarkable people she has traveled extensively throughout Asia. The students were blown away by this. She even made suggestions to the students on how they could contact people that might give them first hand information on the topics that they selected for the social studies fair. She had some wonderful insights for the students that neither the teacher nor I had thought about.


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