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Wednesday October 12, 2016 at 2:23pm Age: 1 year
Category: Otisville Elementary

VISITING AUTHOR USES HUMOR TO INSPIRE READING AND WRITING


Author Alan St. Jean has a passion and a mission: To inspire young people to read and write, one laugh at a time. And that's why he traveled to Otisville, all the way from Battle Creek, MI, to visit with OES students in all grades.  

 

Using multi-media and mixing instruction with hilarious and outrageous images often involving animals, St. Jean introduced and demonstrated the elements of storytelling: idea/concept, character development, conflict/mystery, and resolution. Through familiar stories and characters, and his own books, he invited students to identify the presence or absence of these elements. 

 

Calling attention to different types of story-endings, he showed students how the same idea can develop into a world of stories with different outcomes. “With writing, the secret is to get started. It might seem wacky at first, but eventually is starts to take shape,” he said.  

 

For aspiring authors in the audience, St. Jean told the story of his long, bumpy road to publication, and offered his best advice: “Be your characters. Feel what they feel. Get your feelings out.”

 

Best known for the acclaimed Aidan of Oren trilogy, St. Jean is also the author of Big Fella, Spooky Mooky and The Legend of OinkADoodleMoo. His works are also produced in music and video. To learn more about the author visit www.alanstjean.com