In the Fields & the Trenches with Young Folks of World War I--Author Kerrie Hollihan

by  Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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This interactive program opens with a narrative about railway redcap Henry Lincoln Johnson, who with another African-American was awarded France's Croix de Guerre for bravery--French because the US Army forbade black Americans to fight alongside white soldiers. Hollihan then shares others profiled in her book (based on teacher suggestions), drawing on photos, letters, newspaper articles, and more, and how war experiences stayed with them, impacting their lives and work. She shows her own grandfather's draft card and notes about trench building that he kept after the war. The program finishes with Q&A.

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Point to Point: $300.00
Point to Point Premium: $270.00


Grades 7-12; One Hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

no minimum

Maximum participants:

No maximum, but ideally no more than 30 students in order to accomodate interactivity.

Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Reading, Sciences, Social Studies/History, Writing

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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


The program opens with reading from In the Fields and the Trenches, a CBC/NCSS "Notable" Social Studies Trade Book for 2017, a cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council.

Based on teacher input, the presenter will share her knowledge of several young people profiled in her book. Depending on teacher preferences, the presenter will answer questions throughout the program or reserve time at the end for Q&A. Throughout the program, the presenter will reference her source material and how she researched and wrote each person she discusses.


*The participant will discover how international affairs impact the lives of ordinary young people.
*The participant will compare and contrast his/her life experience with lives of young people 100 years ago.
*The participant will learn how primary sources both authenticate and enhance writing of history and bring narrative nonfiction to life.
*The participant will develop an appreciation for multiple research methods.
*The participant will realize that effective composition is never a "one and done" draft but demands the hard yet rewarding work of revision and rewrites.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Grades 7,8,9,10,11,12.

U.S. History 5 - 12/ Era 6: The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900) , U.S. History 5 - 12/ Era 7: The Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930) , World History/ The 20th Century.

English/Reading for Perspective , English/ Reading for Understanding , English/Communication Skills, English/ Applying Knowledge, English/ Developing Research Skills, English/ Multicultural Understanding, English/Participating in Society.

Civics/ Other Nations and World Affairs.