About Margy’s books and Discover Your World blog

Thanks to all the teachers and students who joined me for my workshops during the 2016/17 school year. I continue to be so inspired by the VTS  protocol and have had great fun introducing, practicing  and talking about this very pliable discussion based teaching and learning strategy.  Teachers have realized that  Content VTS can include all four domains of language learning and  is an effective strategy across the curriculum.

I started this blog for teachers to let them know about my work and  my school visits. I also share articles, lesson ideas and other books that relate to the themes of my books and my  Who’s That  Lady? project. If you want to know more about  my work including school visits scroll down past recent posts and archives and look for categories  Contact me at margyburnsknight@gmail.com

People have been using  and building  walls for years. Talking Walls Discover Your World introduces readers to places and cultures by talking-walls-discover-your-worldexploring the stories of walls around the world.

Meet a loyal dog from Japan, a poet from Chile  and an artist from Mexico. Visit the Great Wall of China, the Lascaux Caves of France and Great Zimbabwe.

Talking Walls: Discover Your World

 

 

 

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Who Belongs Here? tells the story of Nary, a young boy fleeing war-torn Cambodia for the safety of the United States. To some of his new classmates, however, he is a “chink” who should go back where he belongs. But what if everyone whose family came from another place was forced  to return to his or her homeland? Who would be left? This story teaches compassion for recent immigrants while sharing the history of immigration in America and some of the important contributions made by past immigrants.

 

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Welcoming Babies is a vibrant and tender celebration of life and diversity. As children and adults explore the welcoming of babies from all over the world they can share stories of their own welcoming , traditions and culture.

Africa _Africa Is Not A Country enters into the daily life of children in many countries of modern Africa. Countering stereotypes the book celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the vibrant continent at experienced by children at home, at school, at work and at play.

http://www.bu.edu/africa/outreach/criteria

All about illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien http://www.annesibleyobrien.com

 

 

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Maria’s Shoes is a true and timeless story from a Roots of Empathy http://www.rootsofempathy.org/classroom. Maria is bullied about her shoes being “unfashionable,” and her friend desperately wants to help but doesn’t know how. When we see injustice, empathy — the ability to identify with another person’s feelings — can empower us to take action to help others. The friend’s empathy and moral courage result in a lesson that all of the children in the playground learn — we are all capable of standing up against injustice and helping people to feel less alone.

margyburnsknight@gmail.com

School Visits 2016/Fees for Discover Your World Workshop

 

Many thanks to all the teachers and students who participated my Discover Your World Workshops in 2015.

 

In my Discover Your World presentation,  I introduce my nonfiction illustrated books, exploring global cultures through the lens of human commonalities — walls, immigrant stories, traditions for welcoming babies, and the daily life of children.The workshop includes an interactive discussion that engages students in the content of the books and the research and editing process. Students will be encouraged to ask questions throughout the workshop.

I will present up to four one hour workshops per day. I can tailor the focus of her workshops for individual schools by incorporating a curriculum connection (i.e. a country, region or continent, a subject such as geography, values such as friendship, cooperation, teamwork, or topics such as games, languages, homes or transportation.

School fees are negotiable:

Within Maine

within 60 miles of Winthrop — $800/day
more than 60 miles from Winthrop — $800/day plus travel and lodging

New England

outside of Maine — $1,000/day plus travel and lodging

Beyond New England

$1,000/day plus travel and lodging

margyburnsknight@gmail.com

Meeting a TALKING WALL in Berlin

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Right before my son, Kyle, took this picture he asked me what it was like to meet one of my Talking Walls. I have been sharing the fall of the Berlin Wall story  with the readers of Talking Walls since 1992 so was thrilled to  stand by a wall memorial and then return home to read this article:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2015/1109/Leaving-their-mark-Tourists-put-Berlin-Wall-at-risk

 

 

 

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I SPY Talk About It Scavenger Hunt a bit hit at Farwell Family Fun Night

IMG_0514IMG_0516 The Farwell School in Lewiston,Maine  K-6 students and their families met a loyal dog from Japan,a poet from Chile and an artist from Mexico. They joined a journey from Egypt to Saudi Arabia, celebrated a harvest festival in India and visited a garden in the USA.  Working in pairs on a I Spy Scavenger Hunt they  found, talked and asked questions about 30 items found in the original Talking Walls illustrations painted by Anne Sibley O’Brien.