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Presentations are most appropriate for grades 4 to adult.  Gail will work with a school to offer a program that best fits its students and curriculum.

Please contact her by email for more on fees and dates.

Examples of topics include:

  • Researching Nonfiction - Using primary and secondary sources.  Finding authoritative online information. Locating archival documents. Searching for photographs and illustrations. Fact-checking. Taking notes. Avoiding plagiarism.
  • Writing Technique - Eye-catching titles, engaging beginnings, page-turning middles, satisfying endings, essential revisions.
  • The Path to Publication - Developing an idea into an article or book. Focusing the topic. Outlining, writing, and rewriting. Working with an editor. Checking page proofs.
  • The War of the Worlds Broadcast, Early Radio, and Hoaxes
    How to avoid being fooled
                    What we can learn from the history of hoaxes

  • Bubonic Plague
                    History of Plague
                    Plague in the United States--today and in the early 20th century
                    Biology of Plague - how it spreads, how it affects the body, how it's controlled
  • Typhoid Fever
                    Typhoid Mary and why her case still matters
                    How disease detectives end outbreaks
                    When having dirty hands could kill you
  • Pellagra and Epidemiology
                    How scientists stopped the pellagra epidemic
                    What you don’t eat can make you sick
                    How changes in the South post-Civil War led to the pellagra outbreak
  • Harry Kellar and Magic
                     Kellar’s life and career from a small-town childhood
                            to international star
                     The secrets behind magic
                     Entertainment from post-Civil War to
                            early 20th century
  • Civil War Spy Balloons
                     Thaddeus Lowe
                     Abraham Lincoln’s Spies
                     Civil War
  • Robert H. Jackson
                      How he rose from farm boy to Supreme Court
                      Researching his life
                      New Deal & FDR
                      World War II
                      Nuremberg Trial and International Law
                      Court Decisions
                             freedom of speech & religion
                             Japanese internment
                             school segregation
                             presidential powers