L. E. (Lindsey) Carmichael

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L. E. (Lindsey) Carmichael

Author
Upper Tantallon, NS
Awards

Junior Library Guild Selection (2016)

Gelett Burgess Honour (Winner, 2015)

Lane Anderson Award (Winner, 2014)

Silver INDIEFAB Award (Winner, 2014)

USA Best Book Awards (Short-listed, 2014)

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award (Runner-up, 2014)

International Book Awards (Short-listed, 2014)

Junior Library Guild Selection (2014)

USA Best Book Awards (Short-listed, 2013)

Genre

Non-fiction

Biography

Lindsey Carmichael never outgrew that stage of childhood when nothing’s more fun than amazing your friends (and correcting your teachers!) with your stockpile of weird and wonderful facts.  Her sense of wonder came in handy during her career as a scientist, and in 2006, she received the Governor General’s Medal for her PhD thesis, Ecological Genetics of Northern Wolves and Arctic Foxes.  Lindsey finds talking about science more fun than doing it, however, and now writes for kids, teens, and occasionally adults (a sense of wonder is essential for this, too).

Lindsey publishes under the name L. E. Carmichael, and her work has appeared in DigHighlights for Children, and National Geographic Explorer (Extreme). Her 21 published science books cover everything from scoliosis to hybrid cars. Fox Talk was a Benjamin Franklin Awards Silver Medalist, and Fuzzy Forensics: DNA Fingerprinting Gets Wild holds the 2014 Lane Anderson Award for exceptional children’s science writing. When not digging up obscure or wacky details for her next nonfiction project, Lindsey’s probably working on her young adult fantasy novel.

Presentations
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Laura and the Locusts

In 1875, a swarm of Rocky Mountain locusts destroyed Laura Ingalls Wilder’s family farm. This presentation integrates Laura’s descriptions of the swarm (On the Banks of Plum Creek) with the newest scientific information on Locust Migration. Prepare to be fascinated and creeped out all at once!

Duration: 30 minutes (two sessions per hour)

Requirements: Projector and screen for PowerPoint slides

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Primary (1-3)

Fees: $250 for one hour (discounts for multiple presentations)

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Decoding Domestication

Ever wonder where domestic animals came from? Why they look the way they look and act the way they do? Learn about a remarkable experiment that decoded domestication. Based on Lindsey’s book Fox Talk, this program includes video of experimentally domesticated foxes and answers the eternal question, “What does the fox say?”

If a docile, kid-friendly dog is available, students can take part in a live communication experiment during the presentation!

Curriculum Connections: Scientific Method, Grade 4 Habitat unit, Grade 6 Diversity of Life Unit

Duration: 1 hour

Requirements: Projector and screen for PowerPoint slides, speakers for audio

Book Sales: I can have books on hand for purchase, or provide order forms

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Junior (4-6)

Fees: $250 for one hour (discounts for multiple presentations)

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Forensic Science: Digging Into DNA

Inspired by Lindsey’s 2014 Lane Anderson Award-winning book Fuzzy Forensics: DNA Fingerprinting Gets Wild, this presentation explores the way scientists use DNA to solve crimes against both people and wildlife. Includes a signature “myth busting” section on TV forensics and plenty of time for questions.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 9 Biology/Genetics unit

Duration: 1 hour

Requirements: Projector and screen for PowerPoint slides

Book Sales: I can have books on hand for purchase, or provide order forms

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Intermediate (7-8), High school (9-12)

Fees: $250 for one hour (discounts for multiple presentations)

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Forensic Science: Finding A Match

A variation on Digging Into DNA, this program covers the history and science of fingerprinting – both traditional and DNA varieties. It also includes two hands-on experiments with extensions for later home or classroom use.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 9 Biology/Genetics unit

Duration: 2 hours

Requirements: Projector and screen for PowerPoint slides

Lindsey provides most supplies for the experiments, but requests that schools supply mugs, paintbrushes, kettles, and newspaper.

Book Sales: I can have books on hand for purchase, or provide order forms

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Intermediate (7-8), High school (9-12)

Fees: $400 for two hours (discounts for multiple presentations)

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Writing Down the Feels

Why do we forget some stories, while others stay with us for years? Be they nonfiction, fiction, or poetry, stories with staying power are the ones that make us feel. This workshop explores the connections between language and emotions, teaching writers how to manipulate their reader’s response. Students will harness the emotional resonance of vivid words and figures of speech, bringing their descriptions to life. Then, they’ll explore techniques for revealing a character’s emotions, from the inside and out.

In the two-day version, students will apply what they’ve learned in creating a new piece of writing. Readers will laugh, cry, and remember their words forever.

Maximum group size: 30

Duration: Full-day or two-day workshop

Requirements: Projector and screen for PowerPoint slides. Whiteboard, chalkboard, or flip chart.

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: Intermediate (7-8), High school (9-12)

Fees: $800 for one day, $1500 for two days

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A Supernatural Guide to Character Building

Readers don’t care what happens next unless they care about who it’s happening to. As writers, how do we create characters readers love… or love to hate? In this workshop, students will learn about the connection between character and plot, and why it matters. We’ll use examples from the hit TV show “Supernatural" to explore backstory, inciting incident, and character arc. Students will practice matching characters to plots, and experiment with tools for creating--and revealing--personalities.

Maximum group size: 30

Duration: 2-hour workshop

Requirements: Projector and screen for PowerPoint slides. Whiteboard, chalkboard, or flip chart.

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: High school (9-12)

Fees: $400 for two hours (discounts for multiple presentations)

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Down the Rabbit Hole: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Research

Need to find the facts, but have no idea where to start? Drowning in information, but don’t know how to stop looking? This workshop will streamline your search for sources and teach you how to critically evaluate them. You’ll also learn how to tell when it’s time to stop researching and start putting it all together!

Maximum group size: 30

Duration: 1-hour information session

Requirements: Projector and screen for PowerPoint slides.

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: High school (9-12)

Fees: $250 for one hour (discounts for multiple presentations)

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Five Steps to An Awesome Essay

An academic writing workshop for high school students. Practical tips for tackling essays of all kinds: thinking about purpose and audience; the difference between topic and thesis; writing the first draft (and why you should never submit it); revision strategies; and acing essay exams.

Maximum group size: 30

Duration: 1-hour information session

Requirements: Projector and screen for PowerPoint slides.

Presentation type: Workshop

Recommended levels: High school (9-12)

Fees: $250 for one hour (discounts for multiple presentations)