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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 Poison Eaters
Contamination of food and drugs in the past
Beginnings of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
How science made food and drugs safer
The War of the Worlds Broadcast, Early Radio, and Hoaxes
How to avoid being fooled
What we can learn from the history of hoaxes
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 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
Abraham Lincoln’s Spies
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
freedom of speech & religion