Tips on Biographies and Nonfiction Features with Nonfiction Author Carla Killough McClafferty

by  Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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With CCSS focusing on reading more nonfiction, this session will help students understand nonfiction books, nonfiction features, and biographies. After covering the basics, McClafferty will talk about how to research and write a biography while showing a PowerPoint containing concrete examples from her own books. For example, using pages The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon she will share primary source research from George Washington’s portraits, sculptures, dentures, hair, clothing and more. She will discuss how she used primary source research to make George Washington come to life in her award-winning book. Along the way, students will learn details about our first president they will remember forever.

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About This Program


By Request: $300.00
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1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

No maximum. However, smaller groups will allow the participants to receive more interaction with the author.

Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Literacy, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, Social Studies/History, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We make every effort to rebook. However, a last minute cancellation, with less than a two day notice will incur a $100.00 kill fee.

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Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

White Plains, NY
United States

The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb,  Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy,  Peggy Thomas, Marissa Moss, Jan Adkins, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

Vicki Cobb

Program Details


This is an interactive program where the author asks questions of the students and shows PowerPoint images to reinforce the presentation details.
1. Begin with discussion of nonfiction books.
2. Discuss nonfiction features.
3. Discuss biographies.
4. See examples of author’s nonfiction books.
5. Learn interesting details about George Washington.


1. To help young students gain an appreciation for nonfiction books.

2. To help young students understand features found in nonfiction texts.

3. To help young students understand how to do research.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Visual Arts/ Understanding the Visual Arts In Relation to History and Cultures , Visual Arts/ Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others , Visual Arts/ Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines , English/ Reading for Perspective , English/ Reading for Understanding , English/ Applying Knowledge , English/ Evaluating Data , English/ Developing Research Skills , Science as Inquiry , Science and Technology , History and Nature of Science , Civics/ What Is Government? , Civics/ Values and Principles of Democracy , Civics/ Principles of Democracy , Civics/ Other Nations and World Affairs , Civics/ Roles of the Citizen , Geography/ The World in Spatial Terms , Geography/ Places and Regions , Geography/ Human Systems , Geography/ Uses of Geography , U.S. History 5 - 12/ Era 2: Colonization and Settlement (1585-1763) , U.S. History 5 - 12/ Era 3: Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s) , World History/ Global Expansion and Encounter, 1450-1770 , World History/ An Age of Revolutions, 1750-1914 , Technology Research Tools , Technology Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Tools

State Standards

The author will adjust each program to fit the needs of each state’s standards.