In this five-day residency, Kelly teaches students that moments and memories offer inspiration for personal narratives. Through analyzing mentor texts, writing and discussing, students learn how to infuse their pieces with emotion, meaning, cohesion, power and sensory detail. Through lessons on revision and editing, they gain skills in strengthening and polishing their work and giving constructive feedback to peers. The last day features readings and a celebration of the essay or poem each has written. Grades 2-5.
Kelly Starling Lyons is a children’s book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery. Her picture books include CCBC Choices-honored title, One Million Men and Me; Ellen’s Broom, a Junior Library Guild and Bank Street Best selection; Tea Cakes for Tosh and Hope’s Gift, Notable Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies and One More Dino on the Floor, a Scholastic Reading Club pick. Her Jada Jones chapter book series has won praise for its celebration of friendship, character and STEAM connections. Her latest titles are Going Down Home with Daddy and Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations. Kelly presents at schools, libraries and conferences nationwide.