Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Special Edition Literacy Café: Author Visit with Danika Dinsmore
As our Literacy Café has been growing, we have been offering up some specials on the menu. For our latest Café Special, we hosted author Danika Dinsmore for a Creative Writing Workshop around World Building. Danika is the author of Brigitta and I will be posting a review of her Middle Grade Fantasy novel, Brigitta of the White Forest shortly.
On Tuesday, students welcomed Danika to the Cafe and learned about her book. After an initial introduction, Danika creatively read several pages from her book to draw the children in and to set the stage for learning about World Building.
Danika has a very energetic and creative reading style. She nearly acted out all of the scenes. After she read the passage, she asked the children questions about what they had discovered about Brigitta and her sister. Children learned that one important thing in writing is to show rather than tell.
When she talked about world building, she began to help students understand where you can start and what are critical things to remember when building your world. First she helped them understand three different kinds of worlds: