A week with Donna Jo Napoli
Last week (March 9 – 13) we had the honour of hosting Donna Jo Napoli in our school. Donna Jo is the author of more than 70 books for children. She writes for a variety of age groups with some books suitable for the very young and other are better for older teens. Donna Jo worked with many of our students throughout the week. She gave a keynote address to our Middle School students – her topic how she uses myths and fairy tales in her writing. She gave writers’ workshops to grade 4, 5, 6, and 7 throughout the week. She spoke with grade 11 English students about taboo language and with Theory of Knowledge students about language, thinking and knowing. She shared some of her books with our students at Hisar and explained why she had written them.
Donna Jo was our very first writer in residence and we all enjoyed working with her. We hope to have other writers come and help us to develop our skills as writers in the future. Below are a few photos of Donna Jo at work with us.
The benefit of having a writer in school is that: students focus on that author’s writing, they connect with her and ask her specific questions about her books, they are inspired to write themselves, they have deeper conversations about the process of writing and the commitment to improve their own writing.