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About Deb Gonzales:

Debbie Gonzales is a career educator, curriculum consultant, former school administrator, adjunct professor, and once served as a SCBWI RA for the Austin Chapter. Deb currently devotes her time to writing middle grade novels, crafting educator guides with Guides by Deb, producing The Debcast (a podcast dedicated to the empowering spirit of the female athlete) and various freelance projects. She’s the author of six “transitional” readers for New Zealand publisher, Giltedge, and the forthcoming non-fiction picture book Girls with Guts: The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records (Charlesbridge, 2019). Deb currently serves as board member for the Michigan Reading Association. She earned her MFA in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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  • [00:00] Welcome

  • [00:22] How far we’ve come - course review

  • [01:16] Core message clarified

  • [02:16] Establish rapport

  • [04:17] Ultimate goal

  • [05:03] Teacher at heart

  • [09:21] Tedious, yet to the point

  • [10:18] Key to credibility

  • [11:16] Critical thinking skills

  • [15:56] Understanding anchor standards

  • [25:25] Analysis of a master

  • [26:06] Analysis of a workshop description

  • [30:30] Your turn!

  • [31:25] Many thanks!


bonus video: Simple Story Structure Analysis  

time stamps:

  • [00:02] Welcome back

  • [00:17] Experiment explained

  • [02:07] Simple story structure

  • [04:26] Application

  • [08:00] Three Act Structure

  • [09:55] Your Turn!