Introducing the Nonfiction Minute LIVE! with Vicki Cobb and Roxie Munro

by  Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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This is a live program where Vicki Cobb finds the Nonfiction Minutes that are of interest to your students while Roxie gives background on the authors and responds to questions about writing and illustrating.  The program is responsive to your students interests, which drives the content.  It also introduces you to the wiritngs of Authors on Call, who have listed their own programs on the CILC website.

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About This Program


By Request: $300.00
By Request Premium: $270.00

Fees are invoiced and are to be paid to iNK Think Tank, Inc.


45 minuites

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Gifted & Talented, Leadership, Literacy, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Reading, Sciences, Social Studies/History, Special Education, Special Needs, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

This program is similar to the FREE recorded program but is tailored to your own students and their questions. We can do a survey of the Nonfiction Minutes, as we did in the recorded program, or we can talk about our own Minutes and how we wrote them.

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

We make every effort to re-book. However, a last-minute cancellation, with less than a two-day warning, will incur a $100 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


The format can be just like the recorded format or we can focus on specific Minutes and how to write a Nonfiction Minute.
In other words, the format is open-ended with lots of opportunities to get students excited about writing Minutes of their own.


Many of our Minutes have T2Ts (transfer to teaching) pages to stregthen the learning experience of a Nonfiction Minute. The length of each Minute is 400 words, which is the same as the reading passages on the standardized tests. Many of those reading passages are excerpted from the books of Authors on Call and the Nonfiction Minute.
To discover some of the many voices of terrific authors who write on myriad topics.
To follow their own passions through our "professors-at-large" for kids. We know content and we speak child.
To practice reading for meaning from texts that model excellence in writing.
Test prep come from reading widely and deeply. The Nonfiction Minute is on many topics. Our authors explore these topics more deeply in their books.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

The Nonfiction Minutes are the gold standard for writing and for content. Everything has been vetted and professionally edited. The Nonfiction Minute is the same length as the reading passages on the standardized tests. Test prep involves reading both widely and deeply. The Nonfiction Minutes are excellent test prep for reading widely and the lead to books by the authors, which evokes reading deeply.

Our books are routinely excerpted for reading passages for the standardized tests. Becoming a reader involves lots of practice. Practice reaching a tipping point where a student is suddenly reading for pleasure and reading to learn, not necessarily mutually exclusive motivations.