She showed pictures of her real poodle posse, and the students could instantly relate to her. The photographs helped the students to see that many fictional characters are based on real people (or pets!) Then, she shared large stick puppet versions of her poodle posse. Our students loved these, and instantly felt connected to Woody, Archie, Daisy, and Bobby! Chrysa Smith explained to students how she took real stories and TWISTED them to make an adventure. Our students understood her simplistic language, and actively participated with Ms. Smith as she told her stories. Many students offered Ms. Smith ideas for future stories for the Poodle Posse, which she willingly accepted.
Our third and fourth grade students had the opportunity to write with Chrysa Smith. Ms. Smith expertly coached them through many different, fun writing experiences. I have never seen our students so excited to put the pen on the page and write. Creative thoughts, laughter, and encouragement filled our gym as Chrysa invited students to share their ideas with their peers.
Thank you, Chrysa Smith, for sharing your books, personal stories, and creativity with us! Check out her website to purchase her books, or schedule a visit for your school!
Chrysa Smith's Website