Webinar Recordings

Students Becoming Authors

Webinar presented on 2016-02-18.

Join teacher/librarian, Lori Lee, as she shares an engaging project that develops students into authors. Over the past three years, Lori Lee's sophomore honors English classes at Zanesville High School have completed a project-based unit in which students record family stories in a thoughtful collection of narrative nonfiction writing in which they tell specific family stories. Along the way, students conduct interviews to produce a journalistic piece of writing and then use creative writing techniques and literary devices to develop characters and settings. The project culminates with the publication of a professionally produced hardbound book. The project was the subject of an article in the October 2015 VOYA journal.

Then listen to author Olivia Hersman, Heath High School student and playwright, poet, and published author, discuss her work. Olivia published her first novel, Empty Canvas, in December 2015. Learn about her work on the novel and her play on the Holocaust.

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  • Lori Lee
    Assistant Director of INFOhio

    Lori Lee

    Lori Y. Lee has over twenty years of experience as a high school English teacher. Besides teaching English, she now serves as the library media specialist at Zanesville High School in Zanesville, Ohio. One of her passions in education is technology integration which led her to pursue becoming a Google Education Trainer and an INFOhio District ICoach. She has presented at several conferences, including the Ohio Educational Technology Conference, Ohio Google Summit, and the Ohio Educational Library media Association annual conference. She lives in Zanesville, Ohio with her husband and two children.

  • Olivia Hersman
    Author & Student at Heath High School

    Olivia Hersman

    Olivia Hersman is a sixteen-year-old author, poet, and playwright from Ohio. She has explored a vast range of writing projects, especially since entering high school in 2013. In 2014, Olivia wrote and co-directed a two-act play about the Holocaust to raise money for the U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum. In 2015, she was awarded the Red Cross Youth Hero Award for her work to end genocide through her writing. In the summer of 2015, Olivia was chosen to attend the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison University, where she finalized her first novel, Empty Canvas. Empty Canvas was published in December 2015. Olivia looks forward to continuing to write for the rest of her life and is ready to pursue new and challenging creative writing ventures that will impact her readers.

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