This last Monday I had the privilege of visiting Kanab Elementary in Kanab, Utah! What a fun experience it was interacting with those kiddos!
The assembly was held in the auditorium. It was split into two different assemblies, one for K-3rd graders and the second one for 4-6th graders. I did the same presentation with both. Below is a brief outline of what I talked about.
- I introduced myself.
- I talked about my love of reading.
- I introduced my book.
- We talked about how everyone has to start out as a beginner, and you only get better with practice. (I showed pictures of some of my books I wrote when I was little.)
- We talked about the writing process and I showed them the steps I took to write my book.
- I read a part of my book.
- Students asked my questions about my book and about writing.
- I gave away 2 books (in the second assembly only)
You can follow this link to my presentation if you’d like to look through the power point.
Initially I was a little nervous about the first assembly, because technically my book is not one that would be within their reading level, so I was worried it would not be applicable. That’s part of why I re-vamped my presentation to be less about the process of writing a book, and more about how books can change your life and how the only way to improve at anything is to try your best. I even included some screenshots in my presentation of one of my first books I wrote when I was little. I thought it might be inspiring to them to see that even a published author started with misspelled words and scary-looking illustrations.
The first assembly went much smoother than I thought. We had a slight technology issue with my computer, but I – knowing my luck with technology – luckily brought two laptops, so it all worked out! The kids were very well behaved (other than a couple of students who started talking and pushing – but I’m a teacher,
I get that you can’t control every student at every moment :P) and they seemed entertained for the most part and I hope they left feeling a little inspired. One of the girls who I had ask a question said she wanted to be an author when she grows up, so that’s positive. I wish I had included more audience interaction, because they kids really liked when I had them do a sign language clap when they saw a book on the screen that they have read and loved. I think next time I do this I’ll have more opportunities for audience participation.
4th – 6th Assembly:
The second assembly was what I was looking forward to the most, because my book is geared more toward those kids and I felt my presentation would feel more exciting to them. Oddly enough, I was slightly more nervous for that one, I suppose because older kids are a lot less forgiving and a lot more judgmental… But they were a very good audience! I enjoyed reading to the older kids more than the younger kids, because the jokes did not go over their head and I actually got a few chuckles. (Probably because I read a page on which the characters say the word “poop”… hopefully the teachers and principal were okay with that… haha.) I even had time to pass out a couple of signed books. I had my cute little cousin (who goes to Kanab Elementary) help me out. I rolled a die and whatever it landed on, that was the row of the student and then rolled it again and that was the seat of the student who would get a free book.
All in all, I think it was a success! I’m just so glad it’s over, because I was really stressing out about it. Next time I will be more prepared 🙂