Iowa Public Television

K-12 Connections Event
Meet the Author: Eileen Boggess
Subject Area:
    Language Arts/Communication
One of my favorite parts of writing is spending time with students! As a former classroom teacher, with a master’s degree in middle level education, I am at ease with audiences of all ages.

My general presentation starts with a brief personal history of how I started my writing career and then moves onto a discussion about how to write an interesting story. I talk about creating opening lines to grab a reader’s attention, how to build conflict, and the importance of integrating a creative cast of characters into a story. Then, I demonstrate these techniques by having students act out a scene from Mia the Meek.

Following this session, registrants receive the complimentary books Amber Brown is Not a Crayon and Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket.

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PBS Teachers ( - PBS Teachers offers free lesson plans, professional development and more for preK-12 educators.

Are you new to the ICN experience? If so, take a moment to view the IPTV K-12 Connections Frequently Asked Questions and Keys to a Successful Session.

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Classroom Resources:

The following related programs are available on IPTV's broadcast or from the AEAs: (Check The Classroom Resource ( Web site for broadcast dates and times.)

  • Write in the Middle: A Workshop for Middle School Teachers

Check out additional Classroom Resources prepared and compiled by IPTV K-12 Connections staff. <

Sessions are provided at no cost by Iowa Public Television in collaboration with the Iowa Communications Network to PK-12 students and the adults working with or on behalf of PK-12 students in Iowa. If you are not employed by a school district or an AEA please register at library sites only.

Contact Person:
Abby Brown

(800) 532-1290 or (515)725-9721
Offering Dates & Times: Registration Deadlines:
November 05, 2013
 Tuesday, 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Audience: Grades 2-5
Friday, November 1, 2013
February 18, 2014
 Tuesday, 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Audience: Grades 2-5
Friday, February 14, 2014
April 15, 2014
 Tuesday, 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Audience: Grades 2-5
Friday, April 11, 2014
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