Synopses & Reviews
The Voices of Excellence is a tightly focused literacy program to teach a fundamental skill set. Young participants in grades 6-8 can learn how to take their own raw, creative ideas and, using the five-paragraph form, produce a compelling narrative. Next, through training in oratory skills, they learn how to successfully present their topics to a live audience. The program stands as a model for developing skills in writing and oratory, encouraging pride and achievement in the participants' own intellectual abilities while preparing them for a future in a participatory democracy. Chapters include Why Do We Need This Program?; The Basics; The Five Paragraph Essay; Suggested Topics; Exercise to Enunciate, Evaluation Criteria; and sections on dress code, competition, and awards.
The Voices of Excellence is a tightly focused literacy program to teach a fundamental skill set. Young participants in grades 6-8 learn how to take their own raw, creative ideas and, using the five paragraph form, produce a compelling narrative. Next, through training in oratory skills, they learn how to successfully present their topics to a live audience.
About the Author
Claire Applewhite, MBA, mystery writer and Acquisitions Editor for Sunflower Press and Smoking Gun Publishing, LLC, is a graduate of St. Louis University. Her published books include The Wrong Side of Memphis, Crazy For You, St. Louis Hustle, Candy Cadillac and Tennessee Plates. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.She has served as as President of the Missouri Writers Guild and Board member of the Midwest Chapter, Mystery Writers of America. Organizational memberships include the St. Louis Metropolitan Press Club, St. Louis Writers Guild, Sisters in Crime, Ozark Writers League and Active member, Mystery Writers of America. PA (Pam) De Voe, president of Greater St Louis Sisters in Crime, is an anthropologist and mediator who works with multiethnic conflicting parties. She has worked with refugees and immigrants for more than 30 years. Her debut mystery A Tangled Yarn will be out November 15, 2013 as a part of the Creative Woman Mystery series by Annie's Publishing. You can find her monthly blogs with interviews with Midwestern and International mystery authors at http://stlsinc.blogspot.com. Her web site is www.pameladevoe.com. PhD B.A., B.S ED., M. ED., Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri Emeritus Member of the Hall of Fame of the National Speech and Debate Association. Donna Ross writing as Fedora AMIS won the Mayhaven Fiction Prize for her Victorian whodunit, Jack the Ripper in St. Louis. She dons corset and hoop skirts to perform as real historical people and imagined characters from the 1800s. Fedora loves live theater, travel, plants and cooking. She has one son, Skimmer, who partners Fedora in writing science fiction and fantasy. Why do I write? I love wordsalways have--reading them, writing them. I even like looking them up in the dictionary. So call me eccentric. Call me crazybut call me a writer.”