Thumbs Up! Gayle Yodowitz’s grade 7 AVID class learned how twin sisters Brianna and Brittany Winner overcame dyslexia and co-authored their first novel, The Strand Prophecy, at the age of twelve. “The Strand Prophecy won numerous awards including Best Adolescent Fiction, making them the Youngest Multiple Award Winning Authors in America…They have spoken to over hundred thousand students, inspiring them to read, write and to overcome any obstacles they may face in order to achieve their dreams.” (from The Strand Prophecy back cover).
Brianna and Brittany showed how writing can be fun with a positive feedback loop. They talked about how their tips for successful writing can be applied to many disciplines and even test taking.
A few of their writing tips:
DO: Keep Calm – Keep Going - Focus – Have a Positive Attitude
DO Not: Freak Out – Rush – Obsess over Details – Get Angry
This is a highly energetic and interactive program. The girls are motivated, friendly, and relate well to middle school students. The conversation went beyond writing tips to how they overcame learning obstacles to accomplish their goals, and all of this with great fun. They emphasized that people can get through disabilities, that things do get better.
The content provider was The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) Description from the program flyer:
“Identical twin teens and America’s youngest award winning authors, The Winner Twins, present a multi-media presentation that educates, informs, and inspires. Their program focuses on.
1) The creative writing process that the Winner Twins developed in writing their multiple award winning novels.
2) Their journey in getting their books published and in the process overcoming their dyslexia.
The twins’ novels are aligned with US national standards for fourth grade and higher and is a 14 point book in the Accelerated Reader program.
America’s youngest multiple award winning authors the 15 year old Winner Twins, will teach students, about the creative writing process they use to write their novels.
The students will engage in a question and answer session about creative writing and overcoming challenges.”
NS.LA1: Students read a wide range of print and
nonprint texts to build an understanding
of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information;to respond to the needs and demands
of society and the workplace; and for personal
fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and
nonfiction, classic and contemporary works.
NS.LA5: 5.Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.