As a former teacher for over 20 years, there is nothing I enjoy more than visiting students, educators, history buffs, and book fans! If you are interested in having me visit your school, library, or special event either virtually or in person, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am happy to share more detailed information about pricing and presentations, and we can discuss how I can best tailor my visit to fit the needs of your event.
“Wilson Elementary 5th graders had the best celebration for the Statue of Liberty’s birthday. Claudia Friddell partnered with the National Park Service and Zoomed with our class for a question-and-answer session. Prior to the Zoom, Mrs. Friddell took time out of her busy schedule and contacted me several times to ensure this day would be special for the students. She sent a recorded reading of Saving Lady Liberty. During the reading, my learners were so engaged with the book. This book is filled with beautiful words and beautiful pictures. Mrs. Friddell also provided a lesson on Asking Good Questions. My learners came up with thought-provoking questions about Saving Lady Liberty. Mrs. Friddell was so welcoming and personable with my 5th graders. She took her time to answer questions with answers that lead to more discussions after the Zoom. They enjoyed asking her questions about the book and about her career. My learners will be talking about this day for a long time. Hands down, she is this class’s favorite author. We can’t wait to read Grace Banker and the Hello Girls Answer the Call.”
-Fifth Grade Teacher from Wilson Elementary
Virtual Author Visits
Virtual Author Visits can include:
- Book walks, author talks, student/author Q & A, book clubs
- Pre-reading guides and activities
- Post-reading guides and activities
- Visiting Author Visit Example: Grace Banker
- Virtual Author Visits
Sample Presentation Themes:
- Saving Lady Liberty: immigration, Attention Newspaper Reporters: Exploring newspapers past and present, Digging for Treasure: finding and using primary sources, crowdfunding, civic participation, Jewish immigration history
- Goliath, Hero of the Great Baltimore Fire: heroes, turn-of-the-century firefighting, horse history, Baltimore history, author led firehouse ‘Turn Out’ drills and ‘Action Word’ games
- George Washington’s Spies: Unsung heroes, spy codes and trails (hands on spy stations), Revolutionary War, George Washington the spy
Sample Educator Virtual Inservice Workshops with Claudia:
- Bringing History to Life: How to Excite and Engage Students in Digging for Primary Sources.
- Whittling Words: The Importance of Word Choice and the Power of Verbs to Help Students Tell Their Own Stories.
- Curriculum Connections: How to Engage Students with Narrative Nonfiction Books by Making Connections in Science, Math, Art, Language Arts, and Social Studies.
- Enriching Curriculum with Narrative Nonfiction Books Using Teacher’s Guides and Back Matter
- Developing Newspaper Skills that Make a Solid Writer