SCHOOL VISITS & PRESENTATIONS
Margot truly enjoyed giving Professional Workshop Presentations, Keynote Speeches, and School Visits, and considered it an honor to spend time with groups, teachers, and students who love reading, writing, and history as much as she did. What a privilege.
A few popular presentation themes tied to my books were:
Veteran’s Day — American’s White Table (with a reading and setting of the MIA/POW table). Please see the Articles page to enjoy how various schools have used the book to honor our Veterans and Active Duty Service Members.
Black History Month — Circle Unbroken, Night Boat To Freedom, Let Them Play.
School Wide Birthday Celebration (cake, candles, song, lots of fun!!) — Happy Birthday to You!
Reenacted Candy-Drop from airplane or stage (amazing fun!!!) — Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot. Please see the Articles page to read about actual candy drops with Col. Halvorsen, The Berlin Candy Bomber!
Eagle flight – Challenger, America’s Favorite Eagle.
She particularly appreciated when a Media Specialist told her which books fell into a school’s curriculum areas. Many of Margot’s books’ subjects mesh with Social Study groupings such as: Civil Rights; World War II; American Government; American History; The Vietnam War; The Depression and Dust Bowl Era; Early Childhood Education; Music; Immigration; the Civil War; and Turn of the Century America. For these areas, her books become teaching tools beyond the textbook. They “show” rather than “tell” history, using true stories to bring events alive — often through a child’s eyes.
I often comment that if you really want to know what happened in history — ask a child! An adult will tell you what took place, but a child will tell you how things looked, smelled or sounded, what they thought and felt. BIG events become the imprint of small, important details. As readers learn those details, something wonderful happens — they begin to care about people and the impact historical events had on lives. Each of my books has at least one or two true-to-life-stories-behind-the-actual-story. Sometimes those stories are about amazing things that happened to me while researching or writing a book — things very mysterious and unexpected. I love to share those stories and I marvel when true stories keep their “live-energy” and spin out new stories for today’s children to hear. Margot
The Post and Courier
Authors hope to inspire youngsters
As a young girl, Susan Sloate sat mesmerized when “Fiddler on the Roof” author Joseph Stein came to speak to her class in suburban New York.
Today, at the inaugural East Cooper Author’s Festival, Sloate hopes to rekindle that love of literature in the next generation of young authors. Sloate was instrumental in helping to set up the event, where 19 authors will go to area schools to share their inspiration for stories and to give a first-hand look at what they do.
Seventeen schools are participating, mostly east of the Cooper and two in North Charleston. After speaking in the schools, guest speakers will go to Barnes and Noble in Mount Pleasant where the authors will have a book-signing session.
Authors On The Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC. A great event with fellow authors, illustrators and educators!
Inspiring day in schools and with authors at the East Cooper Author’s Festival