When you say YES and do an author event, you gain 4 bonuses! Watch the video below to find out what unexpected gifts I gained by saying YES to an in-person author event. When you go to a new place, you gain so much.  You personally connect to your audience.  An in-person author event allows for …
8 Scenic Spots to visit in South Dakota Read about 8 Scenic Spots to visit in South Dakota, some of the places on the Plains…one of the settings in my book. The photos are in the slide show below. Scroll down to see a brief description of the places we toured. Getting to see some …
Author Andrea Page SD Book Tour continued… Yesterday, I blogged about the first part of my SD Book Tour, which you can read about here in case you missed it. Sioux Falls, South Dakota Author Presentation On the next stop of my SD Book Tour, I had the wonderful opportunity to do a presentation, sharing …
Join Author Andrea Page on SD Book Tour – Summer 2017 Wow! This is the first post in August…guess why? I went on an author trip to South Dakota to promote my book Sioux Code Talkers of World War II.  The response my SD Book Tour was overwhelming (in a good way) and greatly appreciated. I’m …
New Author On Tour – Summer, 2017 As a new author on tour this summer, I’ve noticed the response to Sioux Code Talkers has been eye-opening! Each new destination has been a thrilling adventure. I’ve discussed details about my great-uncle’s service as well as my research journey. Thank you to my friends in the “Just …
Watching a Video Interview Inspires Me as a Teacher and a Writer Now, if you know me, I have always been drawn to stories and video.  In my first public school job as a 5th grade teacher, my class produced a video show titled “Books-R-Us”, complete with rolling titles and music “Be Happy” (I think …
How are you teaching creativity in the classroom? Years ago, I picked up a book titled 100 IDEAS FOR TEACHING CREATIVITY by Stephen Bowkett, in his introduction he explains that establishing a creative classroom is an approach to educate, not an add-on to the curriculum.  I like how he uses the term “brain science” and …
Teach Fantasy Writing – Mentor Texts in a Middle School Setting We teach a unit on the Fantasy Genre usually in May/June.  In addition to doing a novel study, we have some kind of mini-project we do with our students. This year I created the book tasting activity to prepare our students for the upcoming …
Study Authors’ Craft- What Do Authors Do? A person can learn to write better by studying published authors and their books. This process has helped me become a better writer but also a better teacher. My “I can” statements often have to do with “what authors do” in writing tasks. (“I can” statements let students …
Disney Cartoons During World War II Did you know that the Walt Disney Company participated in a positive way during the war effort in the 1940s? During World War II, Disney cartoonists created thousands of specialized insignia for individual military units in the Armed Forces. Read more about these insignias in a USNI News article here. In …
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