ERIC Number: ED246475
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
When an Author Comes to Visit.
Jackson, Louise A.
Teachers who wish to invite authors into the classroom, should consider a number of things. First, they should choose the right author. Children generally want to meet authors who write at their own levels of reading interests. If in doubt, teachers might call a publisher and ask the publicity director to make some recommendations based on the needs of the classroom. Second, authors and teachers should discuss their needs and preferences well in advance of the visit. This preparation should include such things as meal preferences, scheduling, transportation arrangements, and so forth. Third, to prepare the children for the author's visit, the teacher should familiarize the students with the author and his or her books by bringing the books into the classroom and sharing some biographical information about the author with the class. Fourth, since authors enjoy selling their works, arrangements should also be made with the school, parent group, or local reading council to purchase or sell the authors' books. Providing the author with media exposure and offering local groups an opportunity to meet with the author helps bring crowds and helps sell books. It is also a major enticement to the author. Finally, the teacher should make certain the author receives his or her fees promptly. Arrangements should be made for voucher signing and other similar formalities at the beginning of a visit. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Authors in the Schools
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference (3rd, Columbus, OH, April 12-14, 1984).