Patsi B. Trollinger, Writer

School Visits

Fallon Elementary

From my perspective, a great school visit always delivers two things: education and exuberance. Learning and fun. The learning part - the education - should support the school's curriculum and teachers. With that in mind, I have developed several different programs. My on-site content can be customized to meet your needs. Whether you want a general meet-the-author session or something specific that digs into social studies literacy or explores the writing process, I am happy to oblige. To develop your own classroom activities or discussions related to my books, use these free activity guides:
Perfect Timing - Activities and Discussion
Thrill in the 'Ville - Activities and Discussion

Common Core State Standards and Curriculum Support
My most frequently requested presentation uses Perfect Timing as a tool for exploring American history, as well as the research, writing, and revision process. I developed my methods several years ago and now have discovered that the approach connects with many Common Core State Standards. Here's how it works. I bring a small collection of artifacts (physical objects) to show students while asking questions that move from simple to complex. Students of widely varied abilities are invited to identify and interpret the objects, and then each object introduces a portion of my remarks. Because my approach is interactive, I prefer to do several small to mid-size presentations rather than a single large assembly. For more details, email me.

This style of presentation can be adapted. Following are themes that emerge in conjunction with each of my books.

Perfect Timing: This is the true story of Isaac Murphy, who was born into slavery yet grew up to become one of our nation's first sports super-stars. To explore Isaac's story, I use artifacts including horseshoes, jockey silks, and historic photos. With younger children, I explore the personal qualities that helped Isaac overcome adversity (his willingness to work hard and his determination never to cheat in a race). For older children, the discussion expands to themes of slavery and liberation, prejudice and fairness. Presentation can be adapted for grades K-7.

Thrill in the 'Ville: This humorous novel for ages 8-12 serves as a great springboard for discussing political elections, sports, and the frustration that young people often feel when adults around them don't share their priorities. (What matters most - a presidential election or a summer soccer league?) My presentation delves into comparisons between sports and politics, including concepts such as team loyalty, sportsmanship, competitiveness, and rules of engagement. Presentation is best suited for grades 3-7.

Young Writers Workshop "Patsi Trollinger connected with our students by sharing artifacts and photos from her extensive research for Perfect Timing. She engaged students as fellow writers, while honestly sharing personal experiences in her development and growth as a writer. Just yesterday, while my 5th graders were growing weary of their revision process, one of them reminded the class, 'Don't forget how many times that Perfect Timing lady had to revise her book. She brought that huge stack of her revisions all the way to our school!' The first visit we had from Patsi was so successful, we had her back again last year to inspire our young writers."
Linda Woodward, Lee County, Virginia

To arrange a school or library visit:
Contact me via email.

A sampling of relevant Common Core State Standards
Anchor Standards

- CCRA.R.1 Read closely to determine what the text says; make logical inferences; cite evidence to support conclusions.
- CCRA.R.2 Determine central ideas or themes of a text.
- CCRA.R.3 Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop over the course of a text.

English Language Arts and Social Studies
- W.4.2 Write informative texts to examine a topic and convey ideas clearly.
- W.4.3 Write narratives using effective technique, details, and sequence.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
SL.4.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant details.
SL.4.5 Add audio recordings and visual displays to enhance the theme.

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Selected past events:
Presentation, NCTE Conference, Boston, MA
Southwest Virginia Reading Council, Abingdon, VA
Carnegie Center, Lexington, KY
Peabody Library at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Workshop, Emory & Henry College, Emory, VA
Hearn Elementary, Frankfort, KY
Morton Middle School, Lexington, KY
Bryan Station Middle, Lexington, KY
Cassidy Elementary, Lexington, KY
Mercer 5th Grade Academy, Harrodsburg, KY
Woodlawn Middle School, Mebane, NC
Hurt Park & Fallon Park Schools, VA
Lee County Schools, Jonesville, VA
Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
Joseph-Beth Books, Lexington, KY

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