Teachers, librarians, reading specialists, and parents: you are the heroes. See my resources below and let me know what I can do to help you ignite passion for reading, for writing, and for life-long learning.
Prepare Students for Author Visit
Mary Amato Info Sheet to photocopy and distribute, post on your school’s website, or share via email newsletter.
Checklist for a Successful Skype
Get ready for a Skype workshop or presentation with this Checklist.
Teaching Packet to Show Writing and Publishing Process
A free packet that shows the step-by-step writing and publishing process including real examples of brainstorming, drafts, research, revising, and more.
Revision Examples to use in the Classroom
From: Invisible Lines
Reader’s Theater Scripts
Curriculum Connections, Book Discussion Guides, Activity Guides
*Guitar Notes: Resources (Discussion Guide, Interdisciplinary Exploration Unit, and more)
General Songwriting: Resources (Songwriting Lesson Plan, Songwriting Notebook, Videos and more)
*The Naked Mole-Rat Letters: Reading Guide
Snarf Attack, Underfoodle, and the Secret of Life: Activity Guide
Drooling and Dangerous: Activity Guide
Stinky and Successful: Activity Guide
Take the Mummy and Run: Activity Guide
*STEM and STE(A)M related novels and chapter books: Edgar Allan’s Official Crime Investigation Notebook (forensics, chemistry, poetry), Invisible Lines (mycology, biology, naturalist’s notebook, sketchbooks, visual arts), Guitar Notes (physics, music, songwriting), The Word Eater (scientific method, language arts), The Naked Mole-Rat Letters (biology, zoology, writing, psychology)
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My Writer’s Notebook shows how I use my small notebooks in my writing process.
Editing and Publishing Process (shows the editing and publishing process for Edgar Allan’s Official Crime Investigation Notebook)
How to Hear a Character’s Voice (gives four tips for writing to hear your character’s voice)
Writing Edgar Allan’s Official Crime Investigation Notebook (explains how one character took over story; shows writer’s notebook in use)
Writing Invisible Lines (shows writing process, including webs, drafts, and revisions for Invisible Lines)
A Message for Kids (about turning off TV)
Why Even Writers Need Math (showing how I use math in my professional life).
Mary Amato Books Slideshow (slideshow of all book covers)
How to Make a Dutch Baby (from Riot Brothers)
Mushrooms on Display (shows images of mushrooms that inspired Invisible Lines)
How-to (Write) Handouts
See also: Writing Blog
Bookmarks and Postcards:
You can use these to create author centers, bulletin boards, or posters.
If Mary Amato is coming to your school: Fun Author Info Sheet to photocopy and distribute, post on your school’s website, or share via email newsletter.
Mushroom Sculpture (art idea related to Invisible Lines)
How to Make a Spore Print (science/art activity related to Invisible Lines)
How to Go on a Mushroom Foray (science activity related to Invisible Lines)
Mushroom Recipes (related to Invisible Lines)
Dutch Baby Recipe from The Riot Brothers series.