The 2014-2015 
Kids Wings Workshop
for Grades 3-8
Trials and Courage
Award-Winning Literature
Award-Winning Literature
that Builds Character,
Problem Solving,
American Values, and Strategic Skills for The Future

Celebrating the Development
of Mastery Learning
through the newest
Award-Winning Literature
including the
20 Texas Bluebonnet
SM Nominees for 2014-2015

Plus the
3 Kids Wings
® Award Books

Presenter: Suzy Red

Workshop Descriptor

Title: Trials and Courage in Award-Winning Literature with Classroom-Ready Curriculum, Grades 3-8.

Books: Twenty-three cross-genre selections from respected literary-award lists including Newbery Honor Books (Splendors and Glooms and Three Times Lucky), the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master ListSM for 2014-2015, and the Kids' Wings Award Books,

Audience: Librarians, Teachers, and Administrators Grades 3-8 (Bring a group of colleagues!)

Descriptor and Focus:

Through this year's award-winning literature, we will join characters in award-winning literature including 20 Texas BluebonnetSMNominees! As the stories spark kids' imaginations, the Kids Wings literature guide will enrich their vocabularies, challenge their choices, stretch the skills, work successfully in groups, and provide problem-solving opportunities. Perhaps, more important, the activities will lead students to explore exciting literature with traditional values that help chart paths toward a bright future.

Educators who KNOW the best literature will be able put the right book into the hands of a child who is searching for strength in skills, focus, or character. Master writers can become their role models to inspire students to develop their own talents as they persue their dreams. These role models can be foundational to success in helping students make wise decisions that can expand their choices, and enable them to become skillful leaders and citizens in their families, communities, and nation.

Outstanding literature with focused instructional strategies in the Kids' Wings Trials and Courage in Award-Winning Literature workshop will help young readers become better, more avid readers, thinkers, and writers. The real-life lessons in their stories cross disciplines and nurture creative and critical thinking for your gifted and talented students as well as those who are not yet identified. Award-winning literature in all genres will inspire your students to discover how characters interact to create, design, invent, and problem solve. From here, it is only a short hop to adopting these techniques, making better choices, and becoming stronger American citizens in the future.

Award-winning literature for grades 3-8 will transform your classroom into a vibrant, interactive, exciting place.
Featuring Activity Pages and Jeopardy-type Games
focusing on
problem solving,
character building,
language arts,
social studies, and
high level thinking!

Suzy Red's Kids' Wings workshops make~
* testing fun,
* character crucial,
* problem solving enticing,
* research essential,
* the curriculum connected,
* the Internet inviting, and
* authors and their characters into powerful, inspirational role models.

You will receive a bound professional guide filled with hundreds of pages of creative, active ideas--excellent for literary circles as well as for individual and whole class interaction and tutoring. The activities are perfect for extending and enriching your G/T curriculum as well as an excellent source of material for directing literature circles and tutoring for all students! Join us for a breath of fresh curriculum that includes laughter, songs, problem solving, character building, and new approaches to skill building!

Participants will:
...participate in extension activities for award-winning literature.

...explore ways to integrate the curriculum around literature and library resources that enable students to become enthusiastic and skillful in research, project building, and problem solving.
...understand the possibilities that literature has for weaving respect, good choices, and character into every aspect of a young person's life.
...receive Trials and Courage in Award-Winning Literature, an extensive guide with activities for 23 award-winning books in a CD. The CD contains the book in PDF and PowerPoint formats as well as additional activities, songs, and Jeopardy-type games for each chapter book. Also included is a site license to allow the material to be shared within your school.
...receive on-going website extensions and support through Kids Wings' website.
...receive a 6-hour gifted-and-talented certificate from Kids' Wings.

Let this award-winning literature lead your students into an active, interdisciplinary curriculum that is rich in character, reading and math skills, science, social studies, research, problem solving, internet projects, and FUN...all keyed Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills objectives with creative STAAR practice. This authentic learning will help improve your students' preparation for the future...preparation that values right over wrong from character to STARR testing! Come enjoy the curriculum that transforms award-winning literature into high test scores!

The units in our extensive guides can be used for exciting parent participation and cross-grade tutoring in your school's tutoring program!


With special thanks to Natamur for allowing us to use her "fantoccini" drawing as our cover picture that reminds us of Splendors and Glooms, a Newbery Honor book for 2013. Included in the new Trials and Courage collection are two Newbery Honor Books for 2013 (Splendors and Glooms and Three Times Lucky) and SPY, a full-length two-voice novel about Nathan Hale.

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Disclaimer: Texas Bluebonnet AwardSM is a service mark of the Texas Library Association, which is in no way affiliated with Kids' Wings or Suzy Red. Use of the Texas Bluebonnet Award mark in these materials does not imply any endorsement of any kind on behalf of the Texas Library Association. The Texas Bluebonnet Book Master ListSM was selected by the Texas Bluebonnet Award Committee of the Texas Library Association

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