Could You Be A Colonial Kid?
Author Visit/In-House Field Trip for Schools GRADES 3-5
Dressed as an ordinary colonial British-American woman, Annette gives students an entertaining inside look at the lives of many different kinds of kids in eighteenth century America, from the privileged children of merchants and planters, to apprentices and slaves. She also helps students understand the differences and connections between life then, and life today. Annette reads from Look Ahead, Look Back (The Snipesville Chronicles, Book 3) which is set in the year 1752. Connects with: Look Ahead, Look Back (The Snipesville Chronicles, Book 3)
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Our fourth and fifth grade students were spellbound by Annette's engaging conversation and authentic artifacts. We can't wait to have her visit again next year!
Literacy Coach / Charles Spencer Elementary, Tifton, GA
[Annette] did a wonderful job sharing her expertise with the students, keeping expectations high, yet also using kid-friendly language. Students remained engaged throughout."
3rd Grade Teacher / Centennial Arts Academy, Gainesville, GA
Dr. Laing's presentation on colonial kids fits the Gwinnett County AKS standards perfectly, while adding engaging qualities that enrapture the kids. She captures their attention by making the topics apply to children their age.
4th Grade Teacher / Harbins Elementary, Gwinnett County (suburban Atlanta) GA
The information presented about life as a colonial kid was absolutely relevant, authentic, and most of all, completely captivating to our fourth graders. Thank you!
4th Grade Teacher / Merrol Hyde Magnet School, Hendersonville (suburban Nashville) TN
My area of scholarly expertise is colonial America, especially social and cultural history, and this presentation taps into my interest in everyday life in the period. That's also a subject I explore in depth in Look Ahead, Look Back (The Snipesville Chronicles, Book 2).
In Could You Be A Colonial Kid?, I introduce students to the great diversity of experience of kids living in British America around 1750. It's striking for kids to reflect that the luxurious lives of a few colonists depended on the forced labor of thousands of enslaved people, including children.
- Program Length: 60-75-90 minutes (after audience seated); Max. Three Sessions per Day
- Recommended Audience Ages: Grades 3-5
- Also Available via Zoom/Video. Program length may vary from in-person presentation.
- Recommended Audience Size: 60-80 For the best possible experience for the students, divide a single grade into three sessions for the day. This allows more students to participate as volunteers, a closer view of the artifacts, and the best rapport between Annette and the children.
- Maximum Audience Size: 150
- Social Studies Curriculum Relevance: Connects to study of Colonial America. Develops critical thinking skills and historical literacy, including in dealing with primary sources.
- Sessions of this program may be combined in a single day with sessions of A Writer's Life, for a total of three sessions.
- Cost: Please contact us. We have a holistic approach to pricing, and will want to know some details about your school. Be assured that prices are very reasonable!
[Could You Be A Colonial Kid's strengths were] the props, the visuals, the interactions with the children, authenticity, singing, dancing, music, full costume, covering all bases from food to toys to clothes to going to the bathroom and school!
4th Grade Teacher / India Hook Elementary School, Rock Hill, SC
Why Don't We Just Give the Price? Each school is different. We don't want to announce a rack rate and frighten you away if you have limited resources. There are discounts and alternatives to make Annette's programs accessible to every school, and many of our clients are Title I schools in rural areas. Asking questions doesn't commit you, and we want to hear from you!
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