Creative Writing and Creative Reading
Author Visit: “Chain Links, We’re Better Together”
The program invites students to step back in time, (1960’s) and engage with the book through music, art, and storytelling. The story addresses subtle messages of friendships, community acceptance, respect, collaboration, forgiveness, bullying.
Opening pathways to academic achievement and enabling possibilities for the future! Keystone’s unique programming brings students out of their classroom and into an environment where they work collaboratively with students from different school districts.
How is a book created? How can kids get motivated and organized for writing? These questions are answered with the help of a spunky special needs child, an iguana, and lots of photographs.
Ellen Senisi, author and photographer of 18 books for young readers and former teacher, walks students through how a book is created and steps of the writing process. She shows the book creation and production history for her title All Kinds of Friends, Even Green while using a graphic organizer of steps to good writing. The book’s development is followed from the first scratch paper draft through writing, editing, and production to final printed copy. Along the way she emphasizes the importance of the creative process and editing. Her sub-themes are drawn from the featured book (which children can have free access to ahead of time) and include special needs awareness and pets as friends and inspiration.
The theme of the book aligns with the theme of the presentation as Moses, a boy with spina bifida, struggles with how to write about a friend for a school assignment.
Theatre, Performing Arts, Dance, Music
Puppets and fun
Spanning New York State from Albany to Buffalo, the Erie Canal is a big part of the state’s history and future. There are a number of organizations that are dedicated to educating and preserving the history of the Erie Canal, and we are proud to support their efforts.