Please note that presentations
can also be a combination of all three topics. Descriptions Below
Writing Non-Fiction Is a Blast
Susan demonstrates the skills she uses as a non-fiction writer, gives examples of real life stories she has researched and written about, and involves students in a non-fiction writing activity. She shows how writing and rewriting can be fun!
Susan presents images of kid inventors, displays their inventions and explains inventions, patents and trademarks. She involves students in a brainstorming session to think of ideas for inventions, shows videos of young inventors, and tells how she gathered the information for her book.
Susan tells of the accomplishments of America's women inventors from 1715 to the present including Martha Coston, inventor of signal flares used during the Civil War; Madam Walker, creator of hair care products and the first African-American female millionaire; Maria Telkes, inventor of the Solar heated house; Bette Graham, creator of Liquid Paper; Stephanie Kwolek, inventor of Kevlar, the material used to make bullet-proof vests; and many more. She shows videos of today's girl inventors and explains how she did the research for her book in libraries,online and through phone or in-person interviews.
“Susan Casey is an outstanding presenter who educates while she holds her audiences spellbound." - Joan Hanson, Founder and Chair, Author Festivals of the School Districts of Long Beach, Westminster, Newport Beach and Tustin, California
"Susan Casey's presentations at Zane were inspiring. We had lots of students going through the invention books to see what they might invent. It was wonderful to see the reactions from so many of them. Her contribution to their learning was invaluable." - Kathleen Moore, Catherine L. Zane Middle School, Eureka City Schools, Eureka, CA
"During our last Author Celebration Day, Eastwood Elementary was fortunate to have Susan Casey as our visiting author. She spent the day at our school speaking to the children both about the craft of being an author and also teaching about the subject matter of two of her current publications, Kids Inventing! and Women Invent! During assemblies with the children, she was able to connect with the students and keep them engaged. She brought numerous examples with her which children were able to see and touch. With the teachers, she was warm and engaging, answering questions and signing books. Having Ms. Casey at our school was a privilege!" - Greg Branch, Eastwood Elementary School, Westminster, Californiai