Writers observe, record and sometimes, invent. This workshop will help students become better observers and
writers. Monique will share tips for gathering information through observation and interviews. She will divide
the students into teams, allowing them to focus on particular areas of interest at their school – for instance the
library, gym, cafeteria… even the detention room! In visit 2, Monique will review material the students have
collected. Students will decide how to disseminate their observations/stories/interviews. Possibilities include a
virtual or paper newspaper, collective diary, literary reading… even a time capsule. In visit 3, Monique will
assist with final edits. Monique’s upcoming 2023 non-fiction book deals with Open Science, a new sharing
approach to doing science and making discoveries. Monique will show youngsters how through their own
observations they can contribute to discovery.
Themes: Other than Arts, the workshop incorporates elements of STEAM.
Materials: Pencil and paper.
Grade Levels: Elementary Cycle 2, 3, Secondary Grades 7-8
Artist Profile: Monique Polak