My author visit presentations are born out of my own areas of expertise and what I feel are the most important things I have to share with young people; they are not built around a certain set of standards. However, since many teachers use academic standards to guide their curriculum planning, I have listed the Common Core standards that each presentation could address (with appropriate teacher follow-up). Teachers should think of my presentations as jumping off points for further instruction.

Below you will find the standards, first organized by presentation, then by grade level. Click on any link to visit the Common Core website.

If your state doesn’t use Common Core, my hope is that this list can serve as a helpful guide in determining which of your own state’s standards could be addressed in each presentation.

(Wondering about the picture above? Well, as necessary as they may be, academic standards will never be the most exciting things in the world. So, in response to that sentiment, here’s my cat…mid yawn.)


Origin Stories: My Journey from Kid Writer to Published Author

THIRD GRADE
Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.
FOURTH GRADE
Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.
FIFTH GRADE
Summarize the points a speaker makes and explain how each claim is supported by reasons and evidence.
SIXTH GRADE
Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

Character Jar: Mandy’s Non-Secret, Non-Magic Guide to Creating Characters

FOURTH GRADE
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
FIFTH GRADE
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
SIXTH GRADE
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

The Power of the Moment: The Most Important Writing Lesson of All Time

THIRD GRADE
Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations.
FOURTH GRADE
Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
FIFTH GRADE
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
SIXTH GRADE
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.