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Author Visits for Schools - Assemblies and Workshops with Author, Poet, and Songwriter Eric Ode
Are you considering scheduling an author visit for your school?
Hi, I'm Eric Ode, an author, songwriter, and widely published poet. As a former elementary teacher, I'd like to help you get your kids excited about the writing process. We'll use story, poetry, and music in high-participation assemblies and workshops to discuss pre-writing, drafting, and revising.
I am the author of: Too Many Tomatoes (Kane Miller) Sea Star Wishes: Poems from the Coast(Sasquatch Books) Dan, the Taxi Man (Kane Miller) The Boy and the Dragon(Pelican Publishing) When You're a Pirate Dog and Other Pirate Poems (Pelican Publishing) Busy Trucks on the Go(Kane Miller) Tall Tales of the Wild West (And a Few Short Ones) (Meadowbrook Press) Bigfoot Does Not Like Birthday Parties (Sasquatch Books)
With illustrator John Skewes, I am the co-author of: Larry Gets Lost Under the Sea (Sasquatch/Little Bigfoot Books) Elliott the Otter: The Totally Untrue Story of Elliott, Boss of the Bay (Sasquatch/Little Bigfoot) I have written hundreds of songs and poems for kids. My music has been recognized with six Parents' Choice Awards, and my poems have appeared in over 20 anthologies including If Kids Ruled the School, Bees to Trees, Rolling in the Aisles, as well as numerous books, text books, magazines, and award-winning CDs. (Click here for writing credits)
Large Group Assemblies: Exploring the Writing Process throughMusic, Story, and Poetry
My story, music, and poetry assemblies are fun and fast paced and designed for the elementary school setting. With a focus on the writing process and on a variety of writing process elements, assembly programs include strong music, poetry, and storytelling components and careful planning for group participation.
My assemblies and smaller group workshops recognize the Common Core State Standards and the NCTE/IRA Standards for the English Language Arts. Specifically, I understand that exposure to well-crafted poetry, with its rich language and imagery, leads to growth in vocabulary and critical thinking skills and a clearer understanding of word nuances. Additionally, through writing, singing, and sharing music and poetry, students are given opportunities to experiment with language, helping in turn to build their appreciation and enthusiasm for language and creative language expression.
The following outlines a typical 50 minute assembly as designed for grades 3 through 6. Primary grade assemblies run 45 minutes with an adjusted age-appropriate skills focus. The BIG question for primary grades: Where do our good ideas come from?
I I Love My Shoes/A Pair o' Barracuda - these fun, high-participation songs are a springboard for talking about where ideas come from and how these ideas often change during the writing process.
II Mulligan Martinson Marley McGraw/The Great Chili Cook-Off - We focus on word choice, character traits, and end rhymes in the sharing of these two story telling poems.
III A Cowboy's Lullaby - This audience response poem focuses on imagery and sensory details.
IV When You're a Pirate Dog/Red Eye Jack, the Pirate Ghost - These two interactive poems are used to introduce the importance of repetition and refrain.
V Notebooks - I share pages from his writing notebooks to prove that even adults, if they want to write something they're proud of, go through the writing process.
VI Out of Sight - Up on your feet! This high-participation poem serves as a "jumping off" point for a discussion on the rhythm of language..
VII Q and A - 5 minutes are left at the end of the assembly for a question and answer period with perhaps one more sing-along song or an interactive poem thrown in for good measure.
Smaller Group Writing Workshops (typically 20 to 50 minutes per group)
Especially designed to follow a large group assembly program (see above), students have the opportunity to expand on the earlier presented themes, to write independently or as a group, to learn a new song or two, to ask questions, to share their writing... Loads of possibilities!
Family Reading Night Concerts! Are you looking to host a terrific family literacy evening event? Consider scheduling a high-participation music and poetry concert for a fun-filled reading celebration night. Your students and families will have a terrific time!
45 minute concert: Only $395 (Seattle/Tacoma area) Only $195 when booked in conjunction with other same-day assemblies or workshops. Please see rate schedule below.
I will provide my own sound system and request permission to make my books and CDs available for sale following the concert. A mileage fee may be required for schools more than 2 hours outside the Seattle/Tacoma area.
Educators: Feel free to let me know in advance if you would like our workshop time to be steered in any particular direction. If your students have been exploring certain areas of writing, please tell me. Themes such as the writing process and any one particular stage of the writing process, tools of poetry, the life of the writer, and the question of where song, story and poetry ideas come from are especially fun for me to address. I am also very comfortable leading independent and group writing projects.
Equipment and Space Requirements I will arrive approximately one hour before the scheduled program(s) with guitar, props, and sound system in hand. (Well, maybe not all at once!) The school should provide: * one sturdy table * adequate floor space for comfortable student seating * access to a power outlet For schools outside of Washington State, I will need use of the school's sound system for large group assemblies and would appreciate use of a document camera and screen or a large white board or large notepad easel for workshops.
Half-day, full-day, or multi-day programs and residencies
Song and poetry-writing workshops
Evening PTA/PTO events
Family literacy/reading celebrations (A good choice for Title I funding.)
Concerts (Often as a reward or celebration of student achievement - or just for fun!)
UBAM Consultants: Please contact me to discuss rates and other details for consultant-coordinated school visits.
2016/2017 Rates for Schools in Washington State (Seattle/Tacoma area) Please also read "Get Money Back for Your School!" below. 50-Minute Assembly: $585 Two Assemblies (same day): $685 One-Day Visit: $925* Two-Day Visit: $1750* Evening Event: $195 (in conjunction with other program(s) same day) *Full day visits can include large group assembly programs, workshops, classroom visits, book signings... You decide! (A mileage fee may be requested for schools more than two hours outside of the Seattle/Tacoma area. Some Washington State visits may require hotel accommodations.)
2016/2017 Rates for Schools outside Washington State Please also read "Get Money Back for Your School!" below. One-Day Visit: $1100 plus travel and hotel accommodation expenses* Two-Day Visit: $1950 plus travel and hotel accommodation expenses* One-Week Residency: $4800 plus travel and hotel accommodation expenses* Evening Event: $250 (in conjunction with other program(s) same day) SPECIAL OUT-OF-STATE RATES: Team up with neighboring schools to receive discounted rates. Not only can you share travel and accommodation expenses, but back to back days at neighboring schools receive the same discounted rate as multiple days scheduled at the same school.
Please contact me to discuss rates for partial school day author visits (assemblies only, half-days, etc.) for schools outside Washington State.
Although I live in Washington State between Seattle and Tacoma, I regularly travel throughout the country and internationally for author visits and performances.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL VISITS: I'm always happy to discuss ways of making visits outside of the U.S. come together. Give a call or drop an email.
Book and CD Sales! Kids love to receive autographed books and CDs. If your school wishes to presell books and CDs, your students will be purchasing at a discount - roughly 10% to 15% off the list price. I can provide you with an easy-to-use order form to send home with the students. Click here for a sample order form (pdf version).
Free Books and CD for your School's Library!
As a thank you for inviting me to your school, I will donate to your school's library over $70.00 worth of books and music. I will hand pick the collection and will try to select titles I think your students will especially enjoy and that I'm likely to reference during our time together. If you will need any additional books in advance of the visit, be sure to let me know.
Contact Information Eric Ode Deep Rooted Music, LLC P.O. Box 1324 Sumner, Washington 98390 Phone/FAX: (253) 826-2115 or email
Some kind words from the schools... “Eric was outstanding in his presentation and performance to students and staff. His music and poetry were exceptionally energetic and entertaining. Students were captivated with his songwriting workshops, which were very positive and educational. His rapport with students and adults is exceptional! I would highly recommend Eric for a school assembly.” - Linda Johnson, Community Resource Coordinator, Larson Heights Elem., Moses Lake, WA
"We loved your interactive presentation. I've never received so much positive feedback from so many teachers about an author assembly." - Jenny Hillger, Librarian, Meridian Park Elem, Shoreline, WA
"We just hosted Eric for an all-day author visit to our school. What a treat! He has such a fantastic way of differentiating activities and his presentation according to the interests and abilities of students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Eric garnered praise from kids and adults alike. Entertaining, educational, and highly recommended!" - Amy Johnson, Librarian, Taku Elementary School, Anchorage, Alaska
"Adults and students alike raved about Eric's presentations. It was fun to watch him share with the kids. He made learning about writing fun and was very inspiring." - Joie Ganley, Assembly Coordinator, Longview Elem, Moses Lake, WA
"Thank you so much for your visit to Kaposia Education Center! The kids loved it! They are asking to write poetry every day!" - Kim Laska, 2nd grade teacher, Kaposia Education Center, St. Paul, MN
"Thank you once again for a delightful day. The halls are a buzz with excitement about yesterday. It is great to see such school wide enthusiasm. We rarely have common activities that build a sense of school community. What a bonus to an already meaningful experience!" - Debbie Woltring, Reading Specialist and Author Visit Coordinator, Lowell Elem., Everett, WA
"I wanted to express in writing how wonderful your performances at Monte Cristo Elementary were. The Young Author's committee has heard nothing but positive comments from staff and students about your visit. We will definitely have you return in the future. You will be happy to know that as I walk through the halls I hear students memorizing your poetry for classroom presentations. You being here helped inspire them to read and write more." - Valerie J. Anderson, Multiage Instructor, Monte Cristo Elementary, Granite Falls, WA
"Thanks for coming to Poulsbo Elementary. Staff and students loved you!" - Joyce Schultz, Learning Specialist, Poulsbo Elementary, Poulsbo, WA
"We recently were fortunate enough to have Eric Ode visit our school. He presented our students and staff with a wonderful writing/singing/teaching assembly at Ness Elementary School. The students were highly entertained and took skills he taught them and created their own poems and songs. It is so encouraging to see kids get excited about learning! His method of teaching through music and poetry captivated the students. They were very much 'into' his presentation. His enthusiasm was contagious and the students were very excited and involved in his presentation. "We will definitely invite him back to Ness! The students truly enjoyed him and what he had to teach them. Learning is fun with Eric Ode!" - Gayle Van Matre, Principal, Arthur Ness Elementary, Spokane, WA
"What a day! I enjoyed your lessons and entertaining as much as the students. So many people came up to me today to tell me how calm and great your demeanor is. Thank you for being a professional and having such great plans. You have wonderful classroom management. I appreciate how you care about kids listening and learning. Your objectives came through clear, and I love that kids learned and were entertained. I look forward to working with you again." - Denelle Davis, Media Specialist, Rose Valley Elementary, Kelso, WA
"Our staff, our kids, and our parents absolutely LOVED Eric. He was wonderful and really did a fantastic job working with our kids. He was absolutely delightful, and he had a great disposition with everyone! I highly recommend you look into his website and learn more about him. You won't be disappointed!!" - Carolyn Milian, Media Specialist, Lakeside Elementary, Pembroke Pines, FL
"I couldn't recommend Eric any higher. He had excellent rapport with the children." - Wayne Mendro, Music Teacher, Elk Ridge Elementary School, Buckley, WA
"Eric did such a fine job with our students, from kindergarten to fifth grade. He tailored each presentation to fit the grade level, so that all were engaged, learning, and happy. Since Eric was a teacher, he was able to fit great teaching about poetry and language into a fun, interactive presentation! I highly recommend him!" - Kay Ellison, Marshall Elementary, Vancouver, WA
"Eric brings smiles to the faces of adults as well as to children with his genuine excitement and enthusiasm for poetry and song. He exhibits professionalism while working with teachers and staff, and creates a personalized visit for students of any age. What a special opportunity it was to have him at our school!" - Mary Falvey, 2nd Grade Teacher/Author Visit Coordinator, Harding Elem., Hammond, IN
"Thank you for the wonderful family literacy night presentation. You did a fabulous job of engaging a wide range of ages, including adults, in the appreciation of lyrical writing. Your humor, energy and warmth made a lasting impression on the participants." - Kathy Peterson, WA Reading Corp. Coordinator, Crestwood Elem., Covington, WA
"Having Eric here was a wonderful gift for the students! I was very impressed with how respectfully he spoke to each and every child. I absolutely would have him back next year." - Marilyn Brennan, Evergreen Elementary, WSU Extension Mason County, Shelton, WA
"Students have been talking about your visit all week long. They are staying in from recess to write poems! Your message was heard by our students, and the staff thanks you. We all appreciate the energy and time you give to children." - Judy Brown, Librarian, Elger Bay Elementary, Camano Island, WA
"Eric’s visit to our school was a total delight for both students and teachers. He did a great job of adapting his lively presentations to engage all the different age levels, and I especially appreciated his flexibility and willingness to work with whatever schedule came up. His positive message, gentle humor, and high level of professionalism make him a great choice for any school." - Debi Gray, Librarian/Assembly Coordinator, Christ Methodist Day School, Memphis, TN
"Thank you for a great performance! You kept our students and staff captivated and involved throughout the fast paced forty-five minute assembly. Your humor and love for the writing process got the kids excited to write. You are a natural with students, and they loved having you share your talent with them! We had FUN and look forward to you coming to visit us again!" - Margot Hightower, Principal, Enterprise Elementary, Federal Way, WA
"Eric's positive attitude and love of music and writing were energetically reflected in the high quality of the assembly and workshops. Woven through the catchy tunes and banter with the audience were rhyming strategies and creative ideas for writing. Not only is Eric an accomplished musician but also an exceptional teacher. The staff and students alike were humming the songs and talking about the ideas even after Eric left! There are presenters who because of their commitment to literacy and students must be considered outstanding... Eric Ode is one of them!" - Victoria Hopper, Principal, Southwood Elem, Enumclaw, WA
“It was a pleasure to meet and work with Eric. He was professional, entertaining, and a wonderful teacher as well. Students, families and faculty were impressed with his performances and learned new information! We are passing his name onto our colleagues.” - Susan Fish, Literacy Coach, Carriage Crest Elem, Renton, WA
"Dear Eric Ode, You have been a great inspiration to lots of Emerson students, including me. I want to become a famus poet now just like you. You've made me want to look forward to writing class." - fourth grade student, Everett, WA
"Dear Mr. Ode, You were the best person I ever heard. You made me lagh my hed off." - third grade student, Memphis, TN
Deep Rooted Music, LLC P.O. Box 1324, Sumner, WA 98390 (253) 826-2115