Appearances and Teacher Resources
WHERE GAE WILL BE (updated periodically)
April 11 University Skype – Paul Hankins
April 22, 9:30 Authors Unlimited Book Festival LI
May 20 nErDcampNJ
May 22 Port Richmond HS, Staten Island. School-wide book club
July 10 -11 nErDcampMI
Gae loves to do school & book club visits in-person or via Skype. For more information and how to setup an author visit, please email Gae directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Based on an epiphany Gae had at an author panel she was recently on, Gae is offering the following new in-person or Skype visit to teachers and/or students, in addition to her book-specific visits and general writing visits:
Engage your teachers and/or students in a lively conversation with Gae Polisner, author of THE MEMORY OF THINGS, about how we gain empathy through the reading and writing of historical fiction.
In the current political climate we live in, Gae has been keenly aware of the need to instill empathy on a broad scale in our classrooms and in our country. As authors, we often speak to educators about reading historical fiction to build empathy in students, but the empathy and understanding authors gain by writing their stories — creating character and story set during historical periods — can often seem tenfold. Why don’t we have students writing historical fiction stemming from research-based learning, rather than having them regurgitate back facts and dates learned in a less empathy-building manner? Have Gae come speak to your educators and/or students about this important topic that readily weds the Social Studies and English curricula in your schools and share how to get started.
If you are interested in bringing Gae into your school or classroom to engage teachers and students with this idea, you may reach her through her contact information here or through twitter @gaepol.
TEACHER AND READER GUIDES
- THE MEMORY OF THINGS:
- THE SUMMER OF LETTING GO
- THE PULL OF GRAVITY
Teachers and educators share thoughts on THE MEMORY OF THINGS:
The Nerdy Book Club, On A Stark Anniversary, Connecting Readers with their History through Story.
The Nerdy Bookcast, courtesy of Teacher Learning Sessions, available on iTunes. 9/11/16 Three Part Launch with Nora Baskin, Gae Polisner and Jewell Parker Rhodes.