9 May 2018

Award-winning YA author Mr. Dominic Carrillo visits Nova

On May 3rd & 4th, NOVA EMS Libraries had the honor to invite Mr. Dominic Carrillo, the award-winning YA author of The Improbable Rise of Paco Jones and The Unusual Suspects to visit us. During his two-day visit Mr. Carrillo worked closely with our MS students. He modeled writing workshops to help students revise and polish their writing pieces, answered students’ questions about his books and shared his expertise as an author and a teacher. It was wonderful to see students so excited and engaged. While Mr. Carrillo brought the fantastic educational experience to us, it was also the outcome of two months of preparation and collaboration at our end. Prior to meeting the author, students have been keeping reading journals and writing down questions as readers for the Q&A session. As part of their regular English lessons, students have been working on their drafts of a personal narrative or a short story. The author, together with NOVA students, teachers and librarians, made this visit a meaningful addition to what students have been learning. We wrapped up the visit with an 8th grade Life Skills session. The students were grouped and rotated among different stations sharing their ideas about the key themes addressed in The Improbable Rise of Paco Jones such as rumors, popularity, first love, stereotypes, gender double-standards and racism. During this session Mr. Carrillo had the chance to observe, listen to and interact with our youngsters. With their insights, perhaps some of our students have unknowingly contributed ideas to Mr. Carrillo’s next book.

Check out the photo gallery from the event here