True Stories that will Knock your Socks Off: An Author Shares How Nonfiction Books are Written

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Nonfiction author Carla Killough McClafferty has written books on a wide variety of topics and each one has a back story of how it came to be. Your students can join McClafferty has she shares with them the details only authors know. Hear about visiting the Radium Institute in Paris to research Marie Curie, how she came to know people who were rescued from the Nazi’s by an American Holocaust rescuer, how George Washington came to life for her while staying on the grounds of Mount Vernon, and how she interviewed the world’s experts on the topic of concussions. This live streaming event is a chance for students to learn stories not found on shelves.

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1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

5 per site

Maximum participants:

100 per site

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Literacy, Problem Solving, Reading, Social Studies/History, Writing

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Booking Information

This is a live streaming event. A link will be sent to teachers as the event approaches. There is a chat function that you and your students will be able to use to ask questions.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

This event will be cancelled if less than five schools sign up.
No fee for programs cancelled due to nature such as snow days.
The cost of the program ($60.00) will be assessed if the registered school is canceled with less than 48 hours notice.

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CILC Events

North Mankato, MN
United States

CILC provides a variety of special events that range from professional development for educators and community members to unique, educational student opportunities.

Tami Moehring

Program Details


This is a live streaming event with author Carla Killough McClafferty moderated by CILC's Jan Zanetis..
1) Introduction to Author Carla McMclafferty and how she become an Author
2) How she gets her ideas to create a book
3) How she researches and creates a book
4) Examples of some of the most amazing research she has done.
5) Questions and Answers from the audience


Participants will meet award-winning author Carla Killough McClafferty who will entertain, educate, and inspire your students to think outside the box when it comes to books, ideas, and research. This live session will expose students to how nonfiction books are really created and give them the chance to ask questions of the author.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.SL.4 -- Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.SL.3 -- Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.W.9b -- Apply grade 5 Reading standards to informational texts (e.g., “Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point[s]”).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