South Toe Elementary has been awarded $5,000 from the N.C. Arts Council to develop and implement a writing and literacy workshop with acclaimed author Susie Wilde.
A writer, teacher, consultant and presenter, Ms. Wilde loves to share her passion for and knowledge of children’s books and writing with children, families, teachers and individual adults, including those who want to write children’s books.
Children’s books are at the core of Wilde’s work, linking reading and writing. She has published a children’s book, a writing book for teachers, and hundreds of articles and columns about books and audios.
Aligning with the common core, grant will provide an artist in residency opportunity. Using strategies and practice in both analytical and creative higher order thinking, students will output from the workshop with a better understanding of collaborative and creative writing.
During the workshop, 5th grade students will learn analytical and creative narrative writing strategies that align with Common Core. These include: evaluating narrative books, pre-writing to develop a character, planning a sequential plot, determining supporting details, and evaluating and improving writing drafts.
Additionally Ms. Wilde’s residency will offer a workshop to parents of school-aged children to provide methods on how activities at home can integrate with the teaching at school in an exciting and playful way.
The N.C. Arts Council awards grant money each year to provide diverse arts experiences for citizens in all 100 counties of North Carolina. In fiscal year 2012–13, the Arts Council is expected to distribute $6.4 million in state and federal grant funds to arts organizations, schools and other nonprofit organizations that sponsor arts programs.