Michigan Author Kathy-jo Wargin

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  • Hi. I’m Julie Williams and this is Brooke Satkowiak. We will be presenting information on the Michigan author Kathy-joWargin.
  • Kathy-joWargin is a K-8 literature writer. Her books have made her an award winner. Additionally, she is a publisher and executive editor for Duluth Magazine. Writing is not all she does though. Kathy is a mother to her son Jake and a wife to her husband Ed Wargin, who is a photographer. She also reaches out to the public in a variety of ways. For parents and educators she puts on seminars and workshops. For the students, she hosts educational programs across the country. Kathy makes sure she watches out for her audience. Image of award http://www.clker.com/clipart-award-symbol.htmlImage of Kathy-joWargin http://kathy-jowargin.com/about/
  • Kathy currently lives in Minnesota. She used to live in the northern parts of Michigan when she was growing up though. Image of Michigan flag http://www.clker.com/clipart-12621.html
  • The story of how Kathy started writing is kind of funny. As a young girl, Kathy’s mother gave her the choice between doing the dishes and writing a poem every night after dinner. Kathy always chose to write a poem. This pattern developed her liking to writing. She eventually decided to become a writer, and thought that way she would never have to do dishes. Now she realizes that even though writing is her profession, as a mother and wife, she still has to do the dishes. Image of sink http://www.clker.com/clipart-a-dishes.htmlImage of paper and pencil http://www.clker.com/clipart-1975.html
  • Wargin travels to many different areas to seek out nature’s beauty. She is also inspired by children and their curiosity to learn. Kathy-jo uses her knowledge and resources to write and process children’s literature. Image of nature http://www.clker.com/clipart-12829.html
  • Wargin has written over 45 books for grades K through 8, from legends to nonfiction. Her books involve ideas drawn from the Great Lakes Region. Her skillful writing has earned her over 10 awards, including the IRA Children’s Choice Award for The Legend of the Loon in 2001 and the MRA Reader’s Choice Award for The Michigan Reader. For the Legend of the Loon she was also a runner up in 2000 for the Great Lakes Book Sellers Association Book of the Year Award. Image of books http://www.clker.com/clipart-3903.html
  • Wargin has written poems that focus on many of the interests that children have such as animals, family, and playtime activities. Image of stick figures http://www.clker.com/clipart-stick-figures.html Image of snowman http://www.clker.com/clipart-12336.htmlImage of snowflake http://www.clker.com/clipart-12088.html
  • Wargin’s award winning works not only involve great content but they also create great reactions from students who read them. Children develop a sense of pride towards Michigan topics. As a young boy or girl living in Michigan, it is common to wish you lived in a warmer or more popular state such as Florida or California. Reading books about where they come from makes students excited about their state. Also, the books build on life values, for most involve families, learning, and respecting nature. Furthermore, some books, such as The Michigan Reader, even have questions after each section to make sure that the reader understood what he or she just read. Kathy’s books that involve legends open up the children’s minds and get their imagination going, while those involving historical figures inspire the students to dream big and realize that they can make a difference. Image of thought bubble http://www.clker.com/clipart-cartoon-thought-bubble.html
  • One of Kathy’s more popular books is The Legend of the Loon, which was published in 2000 and has amazing illustrations by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen. As mentioned earlier, this book won a Children’s Choice Award and was runner up for a Book of the Year award. The Legend of the Loon tells the story of a grandmother and her two grandchildren. They spend much time outside, relating to nature. One day the boy and the girl decide to take the boat out on the water by themselves. They get stranded and cannot see past the fog. Their grandmother reveals her magical abilities and transforms into a loon. As a loon, she guides the children back to land. Family, nature and legends are all spoken about in this book. Kathy’s inspiration for it was her time spent in nature reflecting on the views and the sounds she experiences.Image of The Legend of the Loon book cover http://kathy-jowargin.com/the-books/
  • Besides being used for reading, The Legend of the Loon is applicable to social studies for several reasons. First is the setting of the book. The book takes place in the Great Lakes region. There are mentions of the great northern lakes throughout the story. Also, there are pine trees and animals, such as moose, deer, and loons, that are native to the area. The region could be pointed on a map. Additonally, the book could be used to teach about animal habitats and what type of lifestyle could be found there based on the climate and natural resources. The weather conditions are another concept that can be taken from the book because fog is the reason the children cannot find their way back to land. The temperature and weather based on it can reflect back to how people live in the area. Image of fog http://www.clker.com/clipart-cartoon-thought-bubble.htmlImage of loon http://www.clker.com/clipart-11912.html
  • The Michigan Reader includes several interactive pages. Riddles and chapter questions are only some of the ways students can learn from this resources. Image of The Michigan Reader for Boys and Girls book cover http://kathy-jowargin.com/the-books/
  • Kathy-joWargin enlightens readers on Sojourner Truth and her accomplishments towards Michigan’s growth. Image of deer http://www.clker.com/clipart-white-tailed-dear.htmlImage of moose http://www.clker.com/clipart-187506.htmlImage of state of Michigan http://www.clker.com/clipart-2144.html
  • Kathy has written books for all levels of elementary students. The Michigan Counting Book is intended for kindergarteners. Image of laptop http://www.clker.com/clipart-1810.html
  • Kathy-joWargin’s latest project is Gully of the Great Lakes. Gully is a seagull character that is an ambassador for the Great Lakes region. The interactive bird will be traveling to many different spots across the area and adults and children alike can keep track of his stops via the world wide web. Along with finding out information about his trips, there will also be a learning connection and fun activities to do. Some of the things that will be available include digital books and publications, a digital magazine for classrooms, an online community, and social media activities. This is Kathy’s way of interacting through technology. As of right now, the program is still in progress so keep checking back to Wargin’s website for the latest updates. Image of Gully http://kathy-jowargin.com/meetgully/
  • Michigan Author Kathy-jo Wargin

    1. 1. MichiganAuthor By:Kathy-jo Julie Williams and Brooke SatkowiakWargin
    2. 2. Who is Kathy?Guest speaker – workshops, seminars, education al programsAward winnerPublisher/executive editorMother, wife
    3. 3. MichiganRelationGrand Rapids Senior High SchoolLived in northern MichiganDirector of The Fresh Coast Project
    4. 4. The BeginningStarted youngChoice of dishes or writing poems She chose poemsDecided to be a writer
    5. 5. Her InspirationsWalks through natureSounds of natureGoal: show how beautiful the most simple things can be
    6. 6. Michigan K-8 LiteratureMore than 45 booksOver 10 awards  IRA Children’s Choice Award  MRA Reader’s Choice Award
    7. 7. How Children Relate to theLiterature Family connections Animals Identify with life events Connect past and present events
    8. 8. Children’s Reactionsto the LiteratureBuild on life valuesSense of prideDeeper understandingIncrease their imaginationInspired to dream
    9. 9. The Legend of the Loon Grade level: 2nd Genre: fiction, legend Summary: two children see the power of nature in their grandmother Inspiration: time spent in nature
    10. 10. The Legend of the Loon(2000)Social studies connection  Setting of the book  Physical shape of the land  Weather conditions
    11. 11. The MichiganReader (2001) Grade level: 3rd grade Genre: historical fiction Summary: historical information and its connection to MI
    12. 12. The MichiganReader (2001) Social studies connection Historical figures and facts Animals Resources
    13. 13. What Else? Look and See with Me: Michigan Moose on the Loose The Edmund Fitzgerald The Legend of Sleeping Bear Dunes The Legend of the Petoskey stone For more info: http://kathy-jowargin.com/
    14. 14. Meet Gully Seagull ambassador for Great Lakes region Interactive fun for children and adults Digital books Digital classroom magazines Social media activities
    15. 15.  Works Cited “Author Biography” http://www.sleepingbearpress.com/authors_illustrators/kathy-jo_wargin.htm Image of award http://www.clker.com/clipart-award-symbol.html Image of state of Michigan http://www.clker.com/clipart-2144.html Image of loon http://www.clker.com/clipart-11912.html Image of Michigan flag http://www.clker.com/clipart-12621.html Image of paper and pencil http://www.clker.com/clipart-1975.html Image of sink http://www.clker.com/clipart-a-dishes.html Image of nature http://www.clker.com/clipart-12829.html Image of books http://www.clker.com/clipart-3903.html Image of laptop http://www.clker.com/clipart-1810.html Image of stick figures http://www.clker.com/clipart-stick-figures.html Image of snowman http://www.clker.com/clipart-12336.html Image of snowflake http://www.clker.com/clipart-12088.html Image of fog http://www.clker.com/clipart-cartoon-thought-bubble.html Image of thought bubble http://www.clker.com/clipart-cartoon-thought-bubble.html Image of deer http://www.clker.com/clipart-white-tailed-dear.html Image of moose http://www.clker.com/clipart-187506.html Image of Kathy-jo Wargin http://kathy-jowargin.com/about/ Image of Gully http://kathy-jowargin.com/meetgully/ Image of The Legend of the Loon book cover http://kathy-jowargin.com/the-books/ Image of The Michigan Reader for Boys and Girls book cover http://kathy-jowargin.com/the-books/ “Kathy-jo Wargin” http://www.alibris.com/search/books/author/Wargin,%20Kathy-jo/aid/5329228 “Kathy-jo Wargin” http://www.amazon.com/Kathy-Jo-Wargin/e/B000AR9MDE “Kathy-jo Wargin” http://www.childrensliteraturenetwork.org/aifolder/aipages/ai_w/wargin.php “Kathy-jo Wargin” http://www.linkedin.com/in/kathyjowargin “Teacher’s Guide” http://www.sleepingbearpress.com/educators/ The Legend of the Loon by Kathy-jo Wargin The Michigan Reader for Boys and Girls by Kathy-jo Wargin

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