I’d like to tell you about plans in the works at International Reading Association to try something new. They’re calling it a Google Hangout with Ruth Culham.
The event is scheduled to take place at 8:00 p.m. ET on October 28. Ruth will be joined by four panelists: Varian Johnson, Kate Messner, Lisa Yee, and David Harrison.
The target audience will be reading and writing teachers, and we’ll discuss using mentor texts to teach the craft of writing. Although plans are not yet finalized, current thinking is to offer an audience member a 30 minute virtual visit with one of the authors.
The idea would be to issue a phrase to either tweet or email to IRA within an hour after the Hangout ends and they would randomly select a name. The winner would get to choose the author they’d like to have the visit with depending on their grade level, the unit they’re working on in class, etc.
Finalized plans should be announced soon but if you’re interested or know someone who might be, mark your calendars now for October 28 and look for more information as it becomes available.
For more information about Ruth and the other participants, check these links.
Ruth Culham: http://www.culhamwriting.com
Varian Johnson: http://www.varianjohnson.com
Kate Messner: http://www.katemessner.com
Lisa Yee: http://www.lisayee.com