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• Name: Ingrid Laguna
• Website / social media channels
Facebook: Ingrid Laguna
Primary/Grades 3 – 6
• Genre / Subject areas
Radical Empathy & Igniting Students’ Creativity
My novel Songbird, and the sequel Sunflower, are based on the experiences of an eleven-year-old Iraqi refugee who has fled Iraq with her family and is settling into a new life in Australia. I have taught migrant and refugee children for many years and my writing was inspired by their courage and resilience. In this session, we explore the themes in Songbird including identity, community, belonging and the refugee experience. Students are prompted to consider what it might be like to suddenly leave your country and your community. I am an experienced and engaging presenter and I value interactivity in my sessions. I show slides which include quotes and encouraging speaking prompts.
* The Refugee Experience
* What is empathy?
* What makes a good writer?
• Content types (e.g. Author talks, workshops, storytimes, etc.)
Online/virtual Author talk
• Format / platform (e.g. Pre-recorded, live, webinars, zoom, skype, FB video, etc.)
Live via Zoom, Skype or school/organisation’s preferred platform
• Link to any specific promotional material regarding online appearances.
Ingrid was a captivating speaker who challenged our 10-12 year olds to imagine moving to another country. She involved the students in the presentation, keeping the engagement level high. She was generous with her advice for our aspiring writers. Very inspiring!’
- Melissa Klein, Teacher, Eltham College
‘The students were always engaged and many questions were asked. Ingrid shared her experiences as an author and the challenges she has faced in completing published pieces. She shared pieces from her book Songbird, and spoke to the students about the meaning behind why she chose to write in this way.‘
- Brogan Justice, Teacher, Bell Primary School
‘Our students were completely engaged in everything Ingrid had to say about her book, Songbird, Jamila's experiences and what it's like to be a writer. They also loved joining in with the presentation and discussion. As a teacher it was so fantastic to have an author talk to our students who was so friendly, charismatic and had total control of the room- her teacher skills were very evident. ‘
- Jessica Ephgrave, Year 3-4 Classroom Teacher & Team Leader, Sunshine PS
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