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      NOV 14 or 15: The LitWits® Workshop on GENTLE BEN by Walt Morey in Santa Cruz


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      November 14, 2019

      Thursday   9:00 AM

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      NOV 14 or 15: The LitWits® Workshop on GENTLE BEN by Walt Morey

      The LitWits Workshop on Gentle Ben by Walt Morey - 1965 (Learn about/buy the book here).  We can’t wait to bring this book to life! We'll explore the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feel of this wonderful story through prop-based discussion and creative activities, including drama, art, writing, history, geography, science, and more! (See our website for more details.) When kids experience literature with their senses, they empathize with the characters. They learn naturally, and remember more. Best of all, they have a great time -- and want to read more great books!  About the book:  The Alaskan wilderness is a lonely place for Mark Andersen, especially after the death of his brother. But Mark finds a friend named Ben, who happens to be an Alaskan brown bear. Ben and Mark form a special bond, but the townspeople are determined to destroy it. It is only through the strength of an enduring friendship that Ben—and Mark—have a chance of being saved. -Amazon I remember reading this when I was young and really enjoying it. I purchased this for my son so that he could read something besides Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Not that there is anything wrong with those books but those old Walt Morey books put young people outside, in nature, in difficult situations, and encouraged the reader to do right. My son read it and said that he like it. - Amazon review This book changed my life. It helped me develop a deep love for nature and animals, as well as adventure. It holds all the emotions and is very well written for young adult readers and even adult readers who want to explore back to another time. Highly recommended. - Amazon Review About the workshop:  A LitWits® workshop is a hands-on, memorable experience of a great book. Kids read (or listen to) the story before they arrive,* and for three hours we experience it in all kinds of sensory ways. It’s amazing how much kids can learn while they’re “just” having fun!  That's because our straight-from-the-pages props, activities, creative projects, and original academic handouts are integrated to convey key academic information: themes, the narrative arc, character development, historical and geographical contexts, vocabulary, writing skills, and more. There’s no pressure to perform or participate – we want to inspire your kids to read more great books! More details below. “LitWits is motivating, educational, and inspirational. Your workshops have shown my son that exploring the world of literature and writing can be fun. I can’t thank you enough.” AGES: Each workshop is offered for two age groups. The content will be exactly the same in the 7+ and 10+ groups, and all will do creative writing. The differences are: Ages 7+  slower pace, more thorough project directions thorough discussion of all handout information more time for projects and creative writing, with one-on-one help as needed age-appropriate expectations for efforts and participation appropriate peer setting  Ages 10+  faster pace, less detailed project directions emphasis on thoughtful, thorough responses on all handouts more time for deeper, age-appropriate discussions and creative writing age-appropriate expectations for efforts and participation appropriate peer setting If this age division separates siblings who would prefer to be together, or if it better suits your schedule to have them in a single workshop, older kids are welcome to attend the 7+ workshops, but not the other way around. (If you have kids ages 4-6 who’d like to share in the joy of this book, we hope you’ve discovered our companion class to this workshop!) Dates and Times:  Click the green REGISTER button above, then scroll down to see all session options. If sold out, please join our waitlist here. Cost:  The $70 cost of each 3-hour workshop includes all supplies and a no-nuts, book-related snack. If you'd like to be billed via PayPal 30 days prior, enter promo code BILLME when you register.  LitWits Workshops is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School and Inspire Charter Schools. Charter school parents, please enter promo code CHARTER to register, then request a purchase order. Cancellation Policy:  If you cancel at least 30 days before the workshop, you can choose a refund or makeup; within 30 days, you'll get a makeup. (Use promo code MAKEUP to re-register, and please remind us, in the Notes field, which workshop you missed.) There are no refunds or makeups for no-shows. We hope that makes sense and seems fair!      *Abridged and audio versions are perfectly acceptable; movie versions are not, because images replace a child's visualization, and words are reduced to dialogue. Our workshops aren't just about the story, but about how the author's craft skills affect thought, character, and imagination.  

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