Speaking Tour - Program Descriptions
Title: Positive Character Traits
This program is an interactive discussion between author Pam Flowers and
students. It is based on the book,
Ordinary Dogs, Extraordinary Friendships. This is an
eleven-chapter book describing events Pam has witnessed between her dogs
where they showed such positive character traits as friendship,
acceptance, compassion, loyalty, courage, dealing non-violently with a
bully, patience, forgiveness, perseverance, determination, trust, good
judgment, and a strong work ethic.
Most of these traits appear in more
than one chapter. The host may select any chapter for the program but
Pam recommends the last chapter titled “The Day A Polar Bear Came
Visiting” because this chapter is exciting, no one gets harmed, and it
has a funny ending.
It is best conducted in small groups of
fewer then 150. Students can be informed either before the program or
after they have been seated that they will be expected to participate in
a discussion about positive character traits.
Once the students are seated, Pam will
read the selected chapter. During the reading the text can be displayed
on a screen so the students can read along silently. From time to time
Pam may insert one or two words pointing out the positive behavior
displayed by a dog(s) or person in the story.
Upon completion of the reading, Pam and
the students will discuss the positive behaviors shown by the dogs and
people in the chapter and what could have happened had they behaved
If time allows, students will be ask to
describe events in their own life where they displayed one of these
behaviors and discuss the following:
1. When did they display the
2. To whom was it demonstrated?
3. Why did the student behave in such a way?
4. What good came of what they did?
School preparation kit:
Well in advance of Pam’s visit, schools
scheduling any length program will receive the same preparation kit.
This includes one free copy of Ordinary Dogs, Extraordinary
Friendships for the school library, poster alerting students about time and date of visit,
relevant resume, and book order form.
Fees and Options:
Shown below are the
usual ways visits are scheduled. However, if you wish to make changes,
most anything can be worked out so that Pam's visits will benefit your
students the most.
For information on
Pam's fee's please look at the fee schedule.
Two programs are offered in assembly format.
Usually during a half-day
visit, one program is given for the lower grades and a second program for the upper
Two-Thirds day visits:
Three assemblies are
given during this visit. Usually two programs are given in the morning
and one in the afternoon. This works well for schools with larger
student census and also allows morning and afternoon kindergarten
students the opportunity to attend.
Four or five programs may be scheduled.
Usually three programs are scheduled in the morning and two in the
about book signings:
frequent request I get for changes to the schedule involves dealing with
book signings. Some schools are interested primarily in the programs and
book signing is less important. But for other schools, author signings
and the chance for their students to meet the author individually is the
highlight of the visit.
The choice is of course
yours, but please keep in mind that author signings take time and are a
part of the time scheduled in your school.
Here is how book sales usually work
(please note, no hard sell is ever made to your students).
In your advance packet
you will receive one each, free, copy of Ordinary Dogs,
Extraordinary Friendships for the school library.
In your advance packet
you will also receive a book order form.
Please send the book
order form home with each student about one week in advance of Pam's
Ask students to return
the book order form the day before Pam's visit.
Book order forms may
also be turned in the day of Pam's visit.
During the day of
Pam's visit, she will sign all ordered books. If there isn't enough
time to finish signing during Pam's visit, she will usually sign the
books after school and leave them to be distributed at your
If late orders arrive
after Pam's visit, she will sign and mail the books to the school
and Pam will pay the postage.
Program Two details here.