Speaking Tour - Program Descriptions
Title: ALONE ACROSS THE ARCTIC
This is a narrated PowerPoint presentation of Pam Flowers’ solo,
expedition with her eight-dog team from Barrow, Alaska to eastern
Program two is based
on Pam’s books Alone Across The Arctic and Big Enough
Anna: winner of Tennessee’s 2007 Volunteer State Book Award and
2005 Oregon Patricia Gallagher Award!
Main point of the
Even if you are young, even if you are small, you can reach
many goals, and
make your dreams come true.
Three focus points:
- Arctic geography -
students learn that the western arctic is a flat, barren, treeless
plain with mild weather that changes as the expedition moves east to
become a rugged, mountainous land with severe weather.
- Native culture -
Pam and her dogs lived with an Inuit family for six months and she
describes life in that culture, including a unique Christmas
- Life lessons - a
number of life-lessons are contained throughout the program such as
the need to prepare and train, not giving up even when something
happens that is not your fault, teamwork, and manners and
courtesy (even dogs need manners to get along).
This program is primarily for elementary and middle school students.
However, it can be altered to be appropriate for high school level.
and vocabulary are adjusted based on audience age.
There are three components to this program
You may select one,
two, or all three components, but please note the
time requirements to complete each component properly. It is
extremely important to allow sufficient time to switch out students
At the time an
author visit is scheduled, Pam will be in direct contact with the person
organizing the program to discuss which components you would like so
that the visit can work with your school schedule. The three potential
components are as follows:
1. A powerpoint
presentation of Pam’s journey across the arctic is given.
(35-45 minutes including Q&A)
2. A grade-appropriate
powerpoint presentation about the writing process and how the book Big
Enough Anna went from concept to shelf. Students are introduced to such
terms as author, editor, illustrator, publisher and how these people
work together to create a book. Examples of text and art illustration
(30 minutes including Q&A)
3. Book Reading –
Through the magic of powerpoint the book Big Enough Anna
is displayed on screen while Pam reads an actual copy of the book she is
holding, thereby allowing students seated in the back to clearly see the
book - Perfect for Kindergarden.
School preparation kit:
Well in advance of Pam’s visit, schools scheduling any length program
receive the same preparation kit. This includes one free hardbound copy
Big Enough Anna and one free softbound copy of Alone Across the Arctic, expedition
route map, Anna poster featuring her as a puppy, poster to alert
students about time
and date of visit, illustration of a dog team and sled, relevant resume,
Pam arrives at your
school with more than enough books in her van to fill all orders
on the day of her visit. She will ship follow-up orders to your school
and there is no
charge for shipping.
You may be interested
to know that Pam's books, Alone Across The Arctic, Big Enough Anna,
and Douggie are A.R. books and tests are available to order from
the Renaissance website.
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.
Time for Q&A is strongly encouraged. 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 by Pam).
In your advance packet
you will receive one each, free, hardbound copy of Ellie's Long
Walk and Big Enough Anna 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 One details here.