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Sadly, we’re coming to the end of our  hectic but fabulous Letters to Leonardo blog tour. We have been everywhere (well almost). Tomorrow, we’re off to the USA so it might take a bit longer for the post to appear due to the time difference.

We’re going to be talking about bipolar themes in the story and the affect on teenagers of having a family member with a mental illness.

Hope you can join us at http://www.JenniferBrownYA.com

Dee and Matt:-)

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Melissa from Walker Books has prepared some fabulous comprehensive teaching notes that you can download from http://www.walkerbooks.com.au – they cover all sorts of things to do with how Letters to Leonardo was written – and they mention some of the themes in the book:

  • mental illness
  • art
  • family relationships
  • emotional control

 

Themes summarise a common experience that make it possible for the reader to identify with the characters. Themes are the dominant ideas that carry your story forward.  In Letters to Leonardo, I also see friendship and loyalty as major themes.

Matt is loyal to his mum. Dave and Troy are loyal to Matt.

Themes are important because they adds layers – and provide deeper meaning to your story. In Letters to Leonardo for example, the themes make it more than just a book about a boy who gets a letter from his dead mother. This is the basic plot outline, but the themes are what tell us about the characters and also make us care about what happens to them.

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

This activity can be an individual or group activity. It could be written down or discussed.

STEP 1

  • Write down/discuss an event that happened to you this year.
  • Who was involved?
  • What happened?
  • When did it happen?
  • How did you react to what happened?
  • How did others react to what happened?
  • What was the outcome?
  • How did it make you feel?
  • How did it make other people feel?

STEP 2

From the information you gathered in step 1, see if you can identify themes.

STEP 3

Take one or more of these themes and the event itself and see if you can come up with an idea for a story.

Thanks for having us in your classroom. We hope you will join us tomorrow at http://tips4youngwriters.wordpress.com to learn all about turning fact into fiction.

Hope to see you there.

Happy reading and writing.

Dee and Matt:-)

 

And just in case you’ve missed any other parts of the tour, here’s where we’ve been already.

Feel free go back and visit these great sites and find out more about Letters to Leonardo and the writing process.

24th June 2009             http://sallymurphy.blogspot.com        

Dee and Matt talk about promoting Letters to Leonardo online.

 

25th June 2009             http://spinningpearls.blogspot.com     

Author interview

 

26th June 2009             http://thebookchook.blogspot.com    

How art has been used in Letters to Leonardo

 

27th June 2009             http://belka37.blogspot.com

The research process involved in writing Letters to Leonardo           

 

28th June 2009             http://weloveya.wordpress.com

Guest blogger – talking with Vanessa Barneveld – interactive discussion with bloggers

 

29th June 2009             http://www.livejournal.com/users/orangedale            

An author interview covering things like inspiration and perspective

 

30th June                      http://www.letshavewords.blogspot.com

Mentors in YA fiction, and Leonardo da Vinci’s involvement in the book

 

1st July                         Cyber launch http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com including cross to Robyn Opie’s blog http://robynopie.blogspot.com – hurdles overcome on the way to publication.

 

2nd July                        http://persnicketysnark.blogspot.com

How the author’s life paralleled Matt’s – her growing obsession with Leonardo da Vinci

 

3rd July                         http://bjcullen.blogspot.com

Working with a publisher and the editing process

 

4th July                         http://sandyfussell.blogspot.com

Interview with the elusive Matt Hudson

 

5th July                         https://teacherswritinghelper.wordpress.com

Class writing activities based on Letters to Leonardo

 

6th July                         http://tips4youngwriters.wordpress.com

Tips 4 young writers on how Letters to Leonardo was written

 

7th July                         http://www.JenniferBrownYA.com

An overseas stop before heading home

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Tomorrow, the Letters to Leonardo blog tour will be stopping here to talk about themes – and give some great class writing activities.

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Hope you’ll join us.

Dee and Matt:-)

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Today, Matt and I visited http://thebookchook.blogspot.com to talk about how art has been used in Letters to Leonardo.

While we were there, we told Susan about a great writing activity linked to the book. Drop in and see the bookchook and I’m sure she’ll be happy to share this information.

Walker Books, our publisher has also produced some fantastic teaching notes and classroom activities – and they’ll be uploading them on 1st July – the day the book is released – how exciting!

Hope you’ll join us tomorrow at http://belka37blogspot.com where we’ll be talking to Mabel about the research process.

Catch you in Cyber Space.

Dee and Matt:-)

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letterstoleonardolrgWord searches and classroom writing activities are just some of the fun things you can expect to find when you join Matt Hudson (the main character from Letters to Leonardo) and me (the author) on our Cyber Space tour.

Make sure you join us tomorrow at http://sallymurphy.blogspot.com for the very start – so you don’t miss out on anything.

We’ll be back here on Cyber Launch day 1st July to give you a Sneak Peek at the book and loads more.

Here’s the complete blog tour itinerary:

24th June 2009             http://sallymurphy.blogspot.com        
Dee and Matt talk about promoting Letters to Leonardo online.
 
25th June 2009             http://spinningpearls.blogspot.com     
Author interview
 
26th June 2009             http://thebookchook.blogspot.com    
How art has been used in Letters to Leonardo – with some teaching activities included.
 
27th June 2009             http://belka37.blogspot.com
The research process involved in writing Letters to Leonardo           
 
28th June 2009             http://weloveya.wordpress.com
Guest blogger – talking with Vanessa Barneveld – interactive discussion about dreams and writing

 
29th June 2009             http://www.livejournal.com/users/orangedale            
An author interview on the writing process – covering things like inspiration and perspective
 
30th June 2009             http://www.letshavewords.blogspot.com
Use of mentors in YA fiction, and Leonardo da Vinci’s involvement in the book
 
1st July 2009                 Cyber launch http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com including cross to Robyn Opie’s blog http://robynopie.blogspot.com – hurdles overcome on the way to publication.
 
2nd July 2009                http://persnicketysnark.blogspot.com
How the author’s life paralleled Matt’s – her growing obsession with Leonardo da Vinci
 
3rd July  2009                 http://bjcullen.blogspot.com
Working with a publisher and the editing process
 
4th July  2009                 http://sandyfussell.blogspot.com
Interview with the elusive Matt Hudson at Sandy Fussell’s blog. Sandy is the author of the Samurai Kids series
 
5th July 2009                   https://teacherswritinghelper.wordpress.com
Class writing activities based on Letters to Leonardo – themes in the book
 
6th July 2009                   http://tips4youngwriters.wordpress.com
Tips 4 young writers on how Letters to Leonardo was written – how the author turned fact into fiction
 
7th July 2009                    http://www.JenniferBrownYA.com
An overseas stop before heading home – USA blogger Jennifer Brown talks to Dee about bipolar themes in the story and the affect on teenagers of having a family member with a  mental illness.     

Hope to catch you and your students in Cyber Space.

Dee and Matt:-)

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