West Virginia University at Parkersburg NEWS
March 23, 2010WVU Parkersburg Partnership Project to host area fourth graders and award-winning children's book author.
CONTACT: Martha McGovern, associate professor of reading, 304-424-8000, ext. 493.
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Fourth graders from eight area schools will participate in a "Meet an Author; Be an Author" program to be held Friday (March 26) as part of West Virginia University at Parkersburg's Partnership Project.
Featured speaker will be George Ella Lyon, an award-winning author of children’s books.
She has published more than 40 books of many genres for readers of all ages. The Kentucky author is best known for the picture book "Come a Tide," the poem “Where I’m From,” which was featured in the CBS series "The United States of Poetry," and the picture book "Mother to Tigers," a Parents’ Choice Silver Medal winner.
In her WVU Parkersburg presentation, she will demonstrate how family history and personal experiences go into her journal and emerge – after much revision – into her books. As part of the event, the fourth-graders will also participate in a writing session based upon a demonstration by spinners and weavers and another book by Mrs. Lyon, "Weaving the Rainbow."
Participating in Friday's program will be students from Fairplains, Lubeck, Madison, Martin, Neale, Mineral Wells, Williamstown, and Worthington elementary schools. Each school has received a gift set of Mrs. Lyon's books.
WVU Parkersburg's Partnership Project involves a professional development school relationship between area elementary schools and the college's Education Division. It provides enrichment and remedial programs for public school students and professional development activities for teacher candidates, in-service teachers and college faculty. The project enhances the preparation of the college's elementary education teacher candidates for the profession of teaching.