Speaking Tour - Program Descriptions
Title: Hiking the Appalachian
This is a narrated PowerPoint presentation of Pam
Flowers’ and Ellie’s hike along the 2,174 mile-long Appalachian Trail.
Program one is based on Pam’s book
Ellie’s Long Walk.
Main point of the program:
Regardless of age, size, or resources, you can set
a goal and strive to meet the challenge.
Three focus points:
Preparing for the Appalachian Trail
– students learn about Ellie as a puppy and the care she was given
as a pet and as a traveling companion. Pam and Ellie’s training
routine is discussed and many references to the need to treat Ellie
and all animals humanely are included.
Geography of the Eastern United
States and trail conditions – images are shown of Pam and Ellie
hiking the trail in many different conditions, climbing steep
cliffs, crossing waterways and even passing through towns. Camping
conditions on the Appalachian Trail are explained, including the need
to deal with trash.
Life lessons – a number of
life-lessons are contained within the program, including the need to
plan and prepare, persistence in the face of difficulties and
discouraging times, and meeting and overcoming physical challenges.
This program is primarily for elementary and middle
school students. However, it can
be altered to be appropriate for high school level. Length, focus, and
vocabulary are adjusted based on audience age.
There are three potential components to this program.
You may select one, two, or all three components but
please note the time requirements to complete each component properly.
Also, it is extremely important to allow time to switch out groups
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 be coordinated
with your needs and school schedule.
The three potential components are as follows:
A PowerPoint presentation of Pam and Ellie’s hike down the
(35-45 minutes including Q&A)
A grade-appropriate PowerPoint
presentation about the writing process and how the book Ellie’s Long
Walk went from concept to shelf. Students are introduced to terms such
as author, editor, illustrator, publisher and how these people work
together to create a book. Examples of text and art edits are
Through the magic of PowerPoint the book
Ellie’s Long Walk is
on screen while Pam reads a copy of the actual book she is holding,
thereby allowing students seated in the back to clearly see the
illustrations. Book readings are perfect short programs for
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 hardbound copy of Ellie’s Long Walk and Big
Enough Anna for the school library, expedition description, Appalachian
Trail map, Ellie 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.
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 Three details here.