Author visits bring reading and writing to life for students and encourage them to share their voices. That’s why Media Specialist Christina Dorr brings as many as possible to Weaver each school year, thanks to HEF grants and the Weaver PTO. As soon as one author visit is finished, students ask her, “What author is coming next?”
In October multiple award winning authors Alan Gratz and e.E. Charlton-Trujillo visited Weaver Middle School. Alan, whose book Refugee is read by 8th graders, shared stories about his research, the many people he’s met in this work, how he writes, and the value of hearing everyone’s voice. Alan listened to kids’ stories of being refugees, answered questions, and autographed books.
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, author of Fat Angie, and the upcoming sequel, came to visit during lunches. She talked about her writing, answered questions, did some improv acting and music making with the kids, brought books to give away and autographed.
Then in November, Matthew Carter, the real life Ghost from Jason Reynold’s Track series, and one of Jason’s best friends, came to share his story of challenges and heartache, and how he’s turned that story into resiliency and accomplishment.
Weaver is just one of our schools that bring in authors, in an attempt to connect our students with reading. These authentic learning opportunities prepare our students to be Ready for Tomorrow.