½ hour virtual: $125
1-hour virtual visit: $175
½ day (3-3.5 hr): $500
Is that a Fact?
Grade 4- 6 and 7-9: 40- 60 minutes
SUMMARY: Fiction and non-fiction are very different things… or are they? In this session, non-fiction writer, Carissa Halton, will discuss what makes non-fiction and fiction different and provide age appropriate examples. We will discuss why it’s important we know the difference between fact and fiction. For older students we will discuss how they can fact check.
- Two truths and a lie exercise –students will try to guess what is true and what is a lie on my shared screen.
- Discuss what makes ‘lies’ different from fiction.
- Discuss why is it important to understand the difference between facts and fiction.
- Explore ways to know a “fact” is true.
- For older students: Discuss the ethics of a non-fiction writer.
GOAL: To help students identify the difference between fiction and non-fiction. To give students tools to fact check their work and other stories they here.
Fun True Stories: The Fish Was How Big?
Grade 4- 12: 40- 60 minutes
SUMMARY: Stories don’t always have to include dragons and magic to be fun. Non-fiction writer, Carissa Halton, will show how interesting non-fiction stories often have similar elements of fiction. We will discuss what those elements are. With older students we will look at what forms non-fiction stories take, using age appropriate examples.
- First rule for any writer (storyteller): don’t bore your reader (listener)!
- But how do you not bore your readers with true facts?
- I will share an age appropriate example of fascinating true stories that aren’t exaggerated.
- We will analyze this well-told true story and how it has many similarities with fictional story telling: What was the main conflict? Who was the hero? Was there a villain? What facts caught your attention and made you want to know more? How did it resolve?
- Discuss key elements of every great TRUE story: Characters, setting, plot, conflict, resolution and FACT.
- With older students: Review examples of different forms of non-fiction with older groups including creative non-fiction, essay, news reports, and opinion writing.
GOAL: Students will learn the essential elements of telling an interesting true story.
How to write non-fake news
Grade 4- 12: 40- 60 minutes
SUMMARY: In this session, Carissa Halton, will explore what differentiates fake news from real news by sharing her experiences as a journalist and government communications person. Students will learn about the tools in a journalist’s toolbox to help them write the truth.
- Establish difference between news, fiction and fake news.
- Share examples and discuss stories they have seen that are fake
- For older students: Discuss how social media has helped expand fake news.
- Share tools I use when writing journalist piece to ensure I’ve got it right. Share tools news syndicates use to get it right.
- Disclose what students can do to get to the truth.
GOAL: Students will better understand what journalists do to ensure they are telling the truth and learn how they can ensure protect themselves from believing fake news.