ecology, science and art! Discover
the poetry that is all around you. Splish
Splash with words and let ideas Flicker
Flash through your imagination as we explore the amazing array of
shapes water, light, and poetry can take--from waves and waterfalls to fireflies
During my slide presentation, we do poems interactively, climb a water-
fall at Yosemite, snorkel in Bora Bora, and view the Northern Lights.
I discuss poetic techniques and explain how poems and books take shape,
including displaying press sheets--the whole book on one big page.
I bring puppets, rainsticks, and my ocean drum (photo above); children
can join in as I do my "Wave" poem in sign language.
is suitable for grades K-6 (I've also worked with 7th and 8th
graders), and I vary it depending on the age level. Possible formats include two or three 45-minute assemblies in
which I can speak to the entire school with children grouped by age--i.e.
K&1, 2&3, 4&5,(6). At
the end of each assembly, I can offer a poem-writing challenge, then in the
afternoon visit three classrooms briefly (20 minutes each) to check on the
poetry project results, offer suggestions, and answer any further questions.
A poetry writing workshop with a smaller group, or groups, is another
option. Both are great ways for students to respond immediately to
what they've seen and heard!
I enjoy having lunch with
the teachers. A former teacher
myself, I provide you with Teacher Idea Sheets for ways to use my books across
the curriculum, a copy of my article "Surprise!
It's a Shape Poem" (Instructor
Nov./Dec. '94), a master for "Popsicle" bookmarks, and much
If you choose to sell books,
I'm happy to autograph them and can supply you with a pre-sale flyer to
duplicate and send home. Books
can be ordered through a local children's bookstore or my publisher, Houghton
I am very flexible. Please
call or e-mail to discuss what your particular
needs are so that we can plan the
perfect day for your school. I love
to challenge students to be creative, to take a different perspective, to see
things in a new way! Hope I have a
chance to work with you!
INSERVICE POETRY WORKSHOPS ALSO AVAILABLE
and many thanks for a fine and compelling
presentation . . . the audience was
dazzled . . . this group will
never forget you." librarian,
Los Angeles Public Library
- "phenomenal in terms of her ability to communicate effectively with
students of all ages . . . entertaining,
in an elegant sort of way, and everyone present came away with an enhanced
appreciation and interest in books and the writing process.
I highly recommend Joan B.
Graham as a presenting author--she will provide an
enriching experience!" principal,
- "everything I'd ever hoped for in bringing an author to interact with
the children . . . You really touched
a lot of lives in a positive way."
3rd grade teacher, Gautier, MS
- "We are inspired!"
5th grade teacher, Manhattan Beach, CA
- after presentation:
"I have so many ideas, I don't know where to start!"
student, Red Bluff, CA
- "still buzzing about your wonderful
visit . . . you made it such a special day . . . You're a very talented,
unique and generous person who deserves all the success and happiness the
world sends to you." librarian,
- "Can we lock the door so she can't
graders, Pasadena, CA
- "How can so many ideas fit into just one
- "Thank you so much for your inspirational
presentations and writer's workshops. Your
enthusiasm for writing was great motivation
for our students. The children
were grateful for your book signing and will enjoy reading them for years to
come. We appreciate all that
you do for young writers, you are
truly a role-model for them. Our
Young Author's Faire on May 31st will culminate the events that
you sparked for our school."
- GATE coordinator, Northridge, CA
- "an inspiration
to students and teachers alike . . . a most memorable
grade teacher, Tustin, CA
- "creative and inspiring"--Reading
Association Conference Coordinator, Thousand Oaks, CA
third grade teacher, Van Nuys, CA
- "Thank you for your wonderful
presentation at the 'We Love California Authors & Illustrators' luncheon
on February 20, 1999. Your
poems so beautifully depict the forms and nuances of water and light.
I know you inspired many
of the educators there to return to their schools and get their students
educator, LAUSD, Los Angeles, CA
- "excellent and interesting . . .
wonderful suggestions . . . you were definitely the right choice to
speak before a group of teachers."
- Delta Kappa Gamma, teacher, Ventura, CA
- "On the evaluations you got 10's!"
librarian, Lakewood, CA
- "Listening to a 'real-live' poet was a valuable
learning experience for our fourth and fifth graders. The slide presentation, along with your commentary, provided
the students with glimpses of how your travels and experiences influence
your poetry. And your visuals
helped make the writing and production of a book more interesting
and enjoyable for everyone . . .
Joan, thank you again for sharing your life and your talent with our
students. Your visit will continue to be a highlight in their lives."
library coordinator, Pasadena, CA
- "I have heard many wonderful
comments about your presentation. One
teacher I spoke with described your session as fantastic."
Chairperson, Reading Association Authors' Faire, Ventura
- "You could hear how responsive
the audience was to your interpretive reading of your poems as we joined in,
enjoying the sound of the words with you."
librarian, Reseda, CA
- "Parents were coming up to me for days
afterward commenting on how much they enjoyed the evening."
Family Reading Night, parent volunteer, Thousand Oaks, CA
- "informative, inspiring, and gracious . . . very well organized, nicely paced and engaging . . .
I look forward to seeing more books published by you, they're
definitely a favorite and standard for the GAB trainings."
Grandparents and Books Advanced Training Workshop, Children's
- "Thank you so much for helping us bring
literature to the school children of Kern County by appearing in our
"Heroes Read" program. We
have had many positive responses
from staff, teachers and students."
Coordinator of Instructional Media, Kern County
- "thank you for your flowing and sparkling
verses of inspiration.
We have had fun splashing in your footsteps.
Keep Writing!" 2nd
grade teacher, Lakewood, CA