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Two New eBooks Coming Out to Support Literacy at a Local Elementary School~One Written by 8th Grade Students

As our mission statement confirms, our goal is to share the good in education.  Given that our company is not even a year old, we have donated most of our time and talent to giving back and trying to make a difference in some of our local schools.

One of the schools we have taken under our wing to support, is St. Mary Elementary School in Royal Oak, Michigan.  It is a sweet little school with a diverse population striving to meet the needs of all students in a 21st century fashion.  They love to collaborate and every time an idea is given they are open to explore the possibilities.

"All Around our Town" Written by Denise Ball, Trisha Vaughn and Sue Atwell from Unlock the Teacher and all Proceeds Donated to St. Mary School in Royal Oak, Michigan to Promote Literacy

Last March, Unlock the Teacher LLC donated “All Around our Town” to St. Mary’s.   This academic eBook is aligned with K-2 National Social Studies Standards and places emphasis on sight words. Along with coloring pages, this 23 page eBook also includes a Parent/Teacher Resource Section.  All proceeds from this eBook goes towards promoting literacy in St. Mary School.

"Building Blocks of our Nation" written by St. Mary School's 8th Grade Class 2012 in Royal Oak, Michigan

This month, the 8th grade class has been studying the Core Democratic Values.  Their teacher, Mrs. Linda Irwin, utilizing Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory, had students work in groups and create  Lego models representing  researched documents and the Core Democratic Values of our country.

We are excited to announce that both books will be available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon this month.

It is  exciting for us to see students get so excited about their curriculum, that they want to write and share it with others.  This is why we love to go into schools and share with teachers and students the eBooks process. It is a win-win for students, teachers and school; a positive synergistic process!

Stay tuned as we announce more eBooks we have been working on and our plan for book I in our Unlock the Teacher series.

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Book Proposal Getting Ready to Fly and Positive Comments from Focus Groups Leave us Hopeful for Book I in the Unlock the Teacher Series

Book Proposal Getting Ready to Fly and Positive Comments from Focus Groups Leave us Hopeful

for Book I in the Unlock the Teacher Series

It is an exciting time, as our first “traditional” book proposal will be sent out before the first of the year.  We have worked on this book for over a year and we have been writing and collaborating with Dr. David Lick, Director of Family Medicine Troy Beaumont and Dr. Joslen Letscher, Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy.

We have conducted our third Needs Assessment with another group of parent and educational leaders.  Their feedback was amazing and we gleaned a lot from their input…it gave us much hope for this series of books.

Given the parent and educational leader’s input, we now have a clear direction of target audience. Comments for our book design has been quite positive and we listened to group one and two of our first Needs Assessments and feel we have created an educational tool that will be well received for parent and teacher.

Dr. Lick has offered amazing input throughout this process and I know parents and teachers are just going to appreciate and enjoy his comments in the “Dr. Corner”.

Stay tuned…I will blog here about the wonderful process of submitting book proposals traditionally, and all that this process entails.

However, while you wait, please check out any of our academic eBooks at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/denise-ball

A couple of our academic eBooks are donated to local schools and helping to promote literacy; all profits from these books go directly to the school.  Together we can make a difference!

May we all continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Academic eBooks get Praise from Parents and Teachers…Sneak Peak Inside Five eBooks

We are thrilled with sales of our academic eBooks!  Given the fact that all of our advertising has been word of mouth, we want to say thank you to all our readers and supporters of our work!  Most of the profit from the following eBooks goes directly to promoting literacy in local elementary schools.  We have  received some positive feedback from both parents and teachers.

As we work to finalize the first book in our Unlock the Teacher series for “traditional” publishing, (which we plan to create an app for and publish in multiple languages), we also have two new eBooks coming out by end of summer…which is so soon 🙂

We are immensely grateful and realize, that we would not be able to do what we hope to do, if we did not have your support.

If you haven’t already, please check out our academic eBooks:

Phonics Friends

Amazing what five friends can teach to emerging readers!

A page from "Phonics Friends Share their Love for the Short Vowel Sounds"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mysteries of the Beach

This was so fun to write, it is a true mystery...kids love it!

A page from "Mysteries of the Beach" ~ painting by Mary C. Sharon who lost her battle with cancer in August 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Around our Town

"All Around our Town" an academic eBook. This is a charity eBook, where all proceeds goes to a local school's literacy fund.

A page from All Around our Town...a great Social Studies Resource for Grades K-3

Katie’s Farm Adventures

"Katie's Farm Adventures" and academic eBook with coloring pages to print. This is a charity eBook, where all proceeds goes towards supporting a literacy fund in an elementary school.

A page from "Katie's Farm Adventures"

 

 

Spring into Art and Poetry

A wonderful book of poetry and a great resource that describes developmental stages in art.

A page from "Spring into Art and Poetry".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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First Graders’ Second eBook “Katie’s Horse Adventure” is Now Available at Barnes and Noble.com~All Proceeds Go Towards Promoting Literacy at Elementary School

"Katie's Horse Adventure" an eBook Written by Kids for Kids

First Graders’ Second eBook Katie’s Horse Adventure is Now Available at Barnes and Noble.com Thank you to everyone who has supported the Katie’s Farm Adventures series.  All Proceeds Go Towards Promoting Literacy at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Elementary School.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/katies-horse-adventure-olqm-1st-grade-class/1104176954?ean=2940013605886&itm=1&usri=katie%2bs%2bhorse%2badventure

We have been busy working on additional eBooks to donating to elementary schools for the 2011/2012 school year…stay tuned!

If your school would like to have Unlock the Teacher LLC come in and facilitate one of our writing workshop for a class or series of grades, we would be happy to come and share this wonderful writing process that gets children so excited about writing and reading their own work.

Recommendations are available upon request.

I wish everyone a fabulous summer filled with many learning moments~

Denise 😉

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1st Grade Authors and Illustrators Third eBook in “Katie’s Farm Adventures” Series Available at Barnes and Noble.com Saturday, July 10th

Katie’s Farm Adventures Series

Book I ~"Katie's Farm Adventure" with Coloring Book and Parent/Teacher Resource

“Katie’s Farm Adventures” is just that, a 32 page children’s literature book that describes all the adventures one can have on a farm through Katie’s eyes. This book is one of four eBooks where all proceeds will go to selected elementary schools to develop literacy funds; the academic focus for this book is sight words. This eBook includes a parent/teacher resource section and 12 coloring pages, the sketches used for the paintings.

Book II~ "Katie's Exploring Adventure" Academic Focus: Sight Words and Includes a Parent/Teacher Resource

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This 23 page book is written and illustrated by a 1st grade class.  “Katie’s Exploring Adventure” is the second book in “Katie’s Farm Adventures” series.  In this book, Katie goes on a hike through the woods with her parents and discovers some colorful insects, falls into a huge pile of mud and through it all maintains a great sense of humor and sense of adventure.

All proceeds from these books go towards promoting literacy at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School at http://www.olqmcatholicschool.org For further information about having your class participate in a “Writing ePublishing Workshop” please contact Unlock the Teacher LLC at  or visit our website at http://www.unlocktheteacher.com

Book III~"Katie's Horse Adventure" Academic Focus: Sight Words, Includes a Parent/Teacher Resource

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katie’s Horse Adventure is twenty pages of colorful and fun-filled reading.  This book focuses on strengthening sight words and each page identifies sight words to help emerging readers.

We had so much fun working with this first grade class and seeing them get so excited about writing, illustrating and reading their collaborative efforts.  Thank you to all who have already purchased one of these eBooks that promotes literacy.  collectively, this series has sold over 50 books thus far.  All proceeds go directly to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School Literacy Fund.  The principal and teachers can then utilize this money for professional development, new technology and/or new books for library. Unlock the Teacher LLC is just thrilled to be a part of this process.

If your district, school or youth group would like us to come and conduct one of our Writing and ePublishing Workshops, please email us at teachme@unlocktheteacherllc.com Additional information on all of our student and teacher workshops can be found at www.unlocktheteacher.com.  We are scheduling events, workshops and conferences now for the 2011/2012 school year.

**We work with schools and youth groups who need financial assistance~together we can make a difference!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

 

 

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Sneak Peak at the Cover for the Third eBook in the “Katie’s Farm Adventures” Series~All Proceeds Go Directly to Elementary School to Promote Literacy

"Katie's Horse Adventure" Book III in the "Katie's Farm Adventures" written and illustrated by a wonderful and creative first grade class...who love to write!

We love going into schools to work with teachers and students.  This year, we have had great experiences working with talented educators wanting to be ahead of the pack and correlate their curriculum to the Common Core State Standards; one year ahead of the CCSSI criteria set.  In fact, the teachers we worked with this year were so excited about the Common Core State Standards, that they not only correlated the Math as expected (one year ahead of schedule) but the ELA as well.  Thank you to all the educators who allowed us to work with them and be apart of the positive synergistic curriculum change for our children, our future!

With this said, out of all of our workshops conducted in schools this past year, from “How to ePublish for Teens” to “Writing Workshops for grades 1-5”, we had so much fun with the OLQM First Grade Class.  We enjoyed each and every workshop and all the excitement that the students brought, specially the teens so excited to learn how to use their writing to benefit their college future.
OLQM was the recipient of Unlock the Teacher LLC’s  first donated eBook  (“Katie’s Farm Adventures“) for the 2010/2011 school year.
The first grade class explained how they were so excited about the book, that they wanted to write another adventure for Katie.  Since January 2011, this first grade class has not only written and illustrated one adventure for Katie, but two”
Katie’s Exploring Adventure and Katie’s Horse AdventureKatie’s Exploring Adventure has received great review(s) from other educators and Katie’s Horse Adventure is due to be published with Barnes and Noble.com by the end of the month.
Unlock the Teacher LLC is thrilled to be a part of this amazing experience and look forward to writing and donating more of our own work to new elementary schools in the upcoming 2011/2012 school year.
On behalf of all the students who will benefit from your eBook purchase, we thank you for promoting literacy!
If your school would like to receive one of our donated eBooks next school year or would like to participate in one of the many workshops we offer, please feel free to email us @ teachme@unlocktheteacherllc.com or visit our website at www.unlocktheteacher.com
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend,
Denise, Trisha and Sue
The Unlock the Teacher LLC team

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Unlock the Teacher LLC in Schools This School Year Conducting Workshops for Students of All Ages

Unlock the Teacher LLC "Teen ePublishing Workshop"

Teen ePublishing Workshop

Christopher Paolini, Author of the popular “Eragon” series, published his first eBook at the age of 14. Could you be the next teen author? Get inspired during this ePublishing workshop for teens. Learn how to turn your original works into an academic portfolio and begin to create a cornerstone for college via ePublishing!

Seminar runs 90 minutes and can be scheduled for up to 100 students.  Please contact us for scheduling a customized workshop to meet your needs.

 

 

 

 

Writing Workshop to Create an eBook

Students from 1st grade through twelfth grade find this workshop fun and beneficial!  We take students through the writing process accompanied with our unique twist.  Once students have outline in place, students discuss, collaborate and sketch illustrations for the work created. After these steps are complete, we demonstrate and facilitate the editing and publishing piece of the workshop until students are able to view a finished product. Regardless of age, it never ceases to amaze me just how excited students get to know that they are now “published” authors.

1st Grade "Writing and ePublishing" Workshop

* This is one of my favorite workshops to conduct :-)…large or small groups work fine. We customize workshops to meet the needs of school.

We have also conducted Anti-Bullying Workshop and additional workshops are being created as we receive requests.

If your school or school near you would like to see kids get excited about writing…visit our website at www.unlocktheteacher.com to schedule a workshop for next year!

Have a super weekend!

Denise and the entire Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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Unlock the Teacher LLC Charity eBooks are Almost at 100 in Sales Since March Promoting Literacy Month

Book II in the "Katie's Adventure" Series~"Katie's Exploring Adventure" written and illustrated by 1st Graders

Good Morning Everyone,

We hope you had a wonderful Memorial weekend with family and friends.  Trisha, Sue and I had some much-needed down time with our families.

As the school year is winding down for many, we wanted to give all of our supporters an amazing update on our eBooks we published in March to promote literacy…where proceeds go directly to designated schools to support their literacy funds.  Our sales are exciting as we are close to reaching 100 books sold.  Thank you!

We are also excited to share that the “Katie’s Adventure” series is now giving our Mysteries of the Beach and Phonics Friends a run for their money in sales.  Katie’s Exploring Adventure written and illustrated by Mrs. McMahon’s 1st grade class is selling in the multiple digits in just two weeks out.

What a wonderful thing for these 1st graders to experience…to see the value in  reading and the whole creative writing process.

In fact, we have been approached by a couple of companies to work with us to create book apps and one company out west that we are watching for a possible future relationship in academic eBook apps…please keep us in your thoughts as we discern the best possible way to promote literacy and to make a difference in the world around us.

Next year will be exciting as we will continue to go into schools to provide  “ePublishing and Writing”  Workshops for our youth and curriculum alignment (Common Core State Standards) assistance to our great educational colleagues around the United States…and possible overseas contracts too 🙂 .

We would love to come to your school to provide writing, ePublishing or Anti-Bullying Workshops for your students and get them excited about  learning, writing, and publishing work and collaborating for a better tomorrow.  For detailed information, please visit our website @ www.unlocktheteacher.com or email us at teachme@unlocktheteacherllc.com or you may email me directly at Denise@unlocktheteacherllc.com

Thank you to all the teachers, students and principles that have invited us into their classrooms and schools this year.  Thank you to all the wonderful readers who send us positive encouragements via WordPress, twitter, our website or facebook…THANK YOU!  If we did not have you to help fill our buckets, we would not be able to do all that we try to do.

May your week be filled with many “a-ha” moments!

Denise

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1st Grade Student Authors are Taking The Writing Process to an Excitng Place

We shared with you the wonderful 1st grade class who we worked with a few weeks ago in one of our Writing Workshops. This class was so excited about the writing process and seeing their work published in an eBook that they wrote another “Katie Adventure”.

The first book in this series, “Katie’s Farm Adventures” was written by our very own Denise Ball, with collaboration from our whole team here at Unlock the Teacher LLC. The paintings were illustrated by Denise’s mom, Mary Sharon who lost her battle with cancer in 2005. This was the first book written in Unlock the Teacher LLC’s Promoting Literacy Campaign…where all proceeds from books go directly to designated elementary schools for promoting literacy programs.

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School receives all proceeds from this series. OLQM’s 1st grade class wanted to write an adventure about Katie, so we went in and conducted our workshop and the response to their work has been great! The 1st grade teacher, Mrs. McMahon has empowered this group of young writers. The six and seven year olds are excited to brainstorm and write down ideas, collaborate and vote on which ones work and which ones do not and then illustrate the scenes for book. After viewing their work in complete form and having their eBook, “Katie’s Exploring Adventure” published at Barnes and Noble online, they were ready to do the process all over again. 🙂

Given this, we are excited to share that sometime next week, the third book in this series will be available for purchase at Barnes and Noble.com. The book is titled, “Katie’s Horse Adventure” and the story is really quite cute. We will announce here and on our facebook page when it is available for all to see. All proceeds go directly to OLQM’s school…thank you for your support!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise, Trisha and Sue
The Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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1st Grader’s Work is Now Published and on Sale at Barnes and Noble.com

‎1st graders have written and illustrated Katie’s next adventure. Check it out for $3.99…ebook can be downloaded to MAC, PC, iPAd, iPhone etc. ALL proceeds go to school to support literacy. This is a great example of how 21st century teachers are creative with differential instruction! We are thrilled to be a part of this process…we get to shower students and teachers with hope…amazing job we have indeed!

Denise and the Unlock the Teacher Team

"Katie's Farm Adventures"

"Katie's Exploring Adventure"

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