Author Visit Inspires Rocky Point Students

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Rocky Point School District K-5 students had the chance to learn about the work of a professional writer when famed children’s book author Julia Cook visited Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School and Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School this November. 
 
Ms. Cook conducted schoolwide assemblies at both buildings, speaking about her start as an author and the process she follows when developing books. She shared excerpts from some of her most beloved stories. 

At FJC, she also conducted two classroom workshops with second-graders to delve into the writing process more deeply. Brainstorming together, the groups learned how to approach story writing from a different angle – rather than putting pencil to paper and begin writing immediately, Ms. Cook encouraged them to first create a list of “takeaways,” or key facts that they wanted their readers to retain, and then work to incorporate those items into their written pieces. 

The inspirational author, who is also considered a parenting expert and inspirational speaker, also conducted a special evening parent workshop in collaboration with the schools’ PTA. During this session, Ms. Cook discussed many topics explored in her books, including video game/screen time, balancing the parenting act, kids’ personal safety and techniques for teaching social skills.