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Author Visits Longfellow Students Virtually

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Author Visits Longfellow Students Virtually
Posted on 12/08/2020
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Author Ann Ingalls, who has written 48 books for young readers, recently paid virtual visits to Longfellow Elementary School students in grades kindergarten through 3.

During these virtual visits, students learned about the craft of writing and publishing books. Ingalls explained that it takes a long time and a lot of revision. She shared with students that her inspiration for her books often comes from real-life experiences. As a former teacher, her class hamsters and their antics are featured in her “Tip And Tucker” series, which Ingalls discussed with Longfellow grade 1 students. A visit to the Florida mangroves inspired her “Biggety Bat” series.

Kindergarten students worked with Ingalls on her picture book “Why Should I Walk? I Can Fly!” They learned about how baby birds learn to fly in her story. Ingalls’ curiosity about an everyday occurrence brought her to research and write the fictional story of a baby bird’s first attempts at learning to fly. The book includes STEM related information and activities.

Grades 2 and 3 worked with Ingalls’ book “Pencil: A Story With a Point.” Students explored the craft of theme, the use of puns and anthropomorphism, which is when someone applies human behaviors to animals, objects or other non-human entities. In Ingalls’ book, Pencil is the main character and he as well as other writing objects speak and act like humans!

Longfellow students and teachers thank the school’s PTO for sponsoring these visits with Ann Ingalls.

Visit Ingalls’ website at https://anningallswrites.com/ann-ingalls/ to learn more about Ann Ingalls and her books.
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