Jacqueline Davies, an author, came to Chickering School to work with the fifth grade students. She worked with each of the 5 classrooms during her 4-day Author Residence. There are five items, she explained, which can be included in our stories: humor, mystery, dialogue, voice, and conflict/action. She shared some strategies to assist us with our writing. For example, draw a map of your favorite memories and circle one that you might like to write about.
We appreciate the opportunity to interview Ms Davies during a lunchtime. She shared interesting answers to our questions. Please click on the link below to watch our “Chat with Jacqueline Davies”.
Jacqueline Davies came to our school and talked to us about her amazing books. When she came, she taught us the three most important things for writing a story. They are the main character, the motivation, and the problem. She went to each of our classrooms after her demonstration and she gave each kid in our classes a “story worm”. The story worm is a template for setting up your story. It has a box for the main character, a box for the motivation, and a box for the problem. Those boxes are all on the side. Then there are boxes for the beginning, the two build-ups, the climax, and the ending.
She has just finished the second in the Lemonade War series and it is called the Lemonade Crime; it is coming out in May. She is now working on her third book in the series. She wrote several books in different genres before the Lemonade War series.
Some other books she has written are:
Were the Ground Meets the Sky
The Boy Who Drew Birds
The House Takes a Vacation
The Night is Singing
Tricking the Tallyman
Jacqueline Davies has been a great writer for a long time, but she has also been through some tough times in her writing. When she went to college the worst thing happened to her, she lost her confidence. Later on she regained it. When she tried to publish her first book it got denied along with her second, third, fourth and fifth but she kept working hard. Finally, her first book was published and she became an author. She writes many books for kids in a variety of genre.
You can be like Jacqueline Davies and be creative. You can write a good story, read it and feel like you’re traveling in the book. Sometimes you can be so into a book that you really feel like you’re in a book and forget everything that is happening. That is partly why Jacqueline Davies is a writer.
Our school thinks Jacqueline Davies books are so good, every single kid in the fifth grade read The Lemonade War including us! Jacqueline Davies has been a popular author in our school for a while and the people who read her books are excited to read her other books.
Thank you Jacqueline Davies for sharing your love of writing with us and for allowing us to use several of your photos from your website.