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Missed out on the chance to participate in the live Virtual
Author Visit with Kate Messner on the National Day on
Writing? Check out the Strategies for Writers sponsored
video of award-winning children’s author Kate Messner
below. In it, she takes students through her writing process
and explains that the process is key to becoming an
effective writer.

Using the pre- and post-video activities below, this Author
Visit is a great opportunity to kick off a story-writing lesson.

Recommended for Grades 3–6



Lesson Activities
Download these printable pre- and post-video activities, which
focus on generating story ideas and writing organization.

Pre-Video Activity

Post-Video Activity

About Kate Messner
Kate Messner is an award-winning author whose books for kids have been New York Times Notable, Junior Library Guild, Indie Bound, and Bank Street College of Education Best Books selections. The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. was the winner of the 2010 E.B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers. Kate also spent 15 years teaching middle school and earned National Board certification in 2006. She lives on Lake Champlain with her family and loves spending time outside. To learn more about Kate and her books, please visit her website,


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