School Visits

Be sure to check out the NARRATIVE ARChaeology. We help kids Dig Research and Rock Writing!

As a former teacher of kindergarteners through grad students and a teacher-trainer, I offer interactive presentations that involve kids and meld content learning with writing skills. In addition, as a frequent speaker at conferences and conventions, I adapt these programs for teachers and adult writers as well. I’m also happy to discuss additional topics.

Your budget is an important factor in deciding whom to invite. My fees are $1000 for a full day of four presentations or $650 for a half-day of two presentations plus travel expenses. You can share travel expenses by coordinating visits with another school nearby. Take a look at my Appearances page to see when I will be in your area.  Please contact me at clevinson@austin.rr.comThank you!

WORKSHOPS AND PLAYSHOPS FOR YOUNG READERS AND WRITERS

Kids say…

“I really liked your presentation because you had everyone act a part and you didn’t lecture us.”

“We are now full of great knowledge…” 

Teachers and Librarians say…

We had a wonderful visit and cannot recommend Ms. Levinson highly enough.  Her lesson was interactive and kept the kids thoroughly engaged.  She also did a great job of making them understand the time period.” Elizabeth Switek, Librarian, Austin Discovery School

“Your presentation was one of the best they’ve heard.”

“Truly an empowering session highlighting how students can be powerful leaders.”

You spoke so clearly and with great kindness, focus and humor.  The entire event was one of the most joyful and hopeful experiences I have attended.” Cathy Balshone, Reference Librarian, Newton (MA) Free Library

“YOU’RE NEVER TOO LITTLE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!”

When Audrey Faye Hendricks was nine years old, she stood up to segregation and said, “That’s not right!” She was determined to make a difference. Kids in grades 2-5 can make a difference, too. Following Audrey’s journey, they talk about issues they want to fix, create signs, write new words to a moving song, and then step up to change their world.

⇒ “THE HERO’S JOURNEY: IT’S NOT JUST FOR FICTION”

Using a map of the mythic “Hero’s Journey,” students in Grades 3-8 learn about narrative arc while following the route of real heroic children.

“WRITING TRUTH THAT READS LIKE FICTION”

The factors that make fiction seem real–characterization, plot, setting, story arc–bring nonfiction to life for Grades 3-8.

“FERGUSON MEETS THE WEST BANK–AND THEY JUGGLE!”

The geography in the title isn’t exact but the story is true. In this session for Grades 4-8, students learn how kids from the Midwest and the Middle East leap over social boundaries by focusing on their similarities rather than their differences. And we play circus games!

You, too, can make a fool of yourself!

It’s all about balance.

*I also visit by Skype!*

“My students don’t necessarily see themselves as readers, and I really appreciated how you tied in their personal experiences with both history and literature… So glad we connected.” Wendy Gassaway, Forest Grove (Oregon) School District

PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS FOR GROWN-UP WRITERS

“Masterful!”

“What a wonderful presentation you gave! Thank you for giving me tools to re-structure my story. With your guidance, I’ve given [it] far more life – and a universal theme.” Linda Elovitz Marshall

“THE HERO’S JOURNEY: IT’S NOT JUST FOR FICTION”

Use a map of the mythic “Hero’s Journey” to structure nonfiction along a classic narrative arc.

⇒ “WRITING TRUTH THAT READS LIKE FICTION”

The factors that make fiction seem real–characterization, plot, setting, story arc–bring nonfiction to life, too.

PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS FOR TEACHERS

“This was a fantastic presentation. I enjoyed the readers theater. I can’t wait to demonstrate this activity with my students.”

“It was evident that Cynthia Levinson has used her book with students and has developed great activities that teachers can easily use.”

“More presentations like this!”

“We loved you and all of what you presented to us… You’ll always have a home at the Carver.”

“RELUCTANT READER: MEET RELUCTANT HERO”

Whole books, especially nonfiction, can be daunting to reluctant readers. Using graphic organizers, you can follow the thread of one person, a real-life “bad boy” who becomes a hero, to entice students–and still get the big picture.

“THE HERO’S JOURNEY: IT’S NOT JUST FOR FICTION”

Use a map of the mythic “Hero’s Journey” to follow the route of real heroic children. This is English Language Arts and Social Studies rolled into one.