Hello!

As a former teacher (31 years!) I love to connect with students and teachers, and I spend a lot of time doing just that via classroom visits and teachers’ conventions, as well as through this website. (Click here for information on Virtual Author Visits in the age of COVID.) Below you will find a number of free downloads you can use in your classroom, including a novel guide for Space Cadets and a story-writing mini unit. If you’re interested in a virtual author visit or have any questions about any of the resources, just contact me via the form at the bottom of the page. 

There are also resources for your students on the Cool Stuff page, including writing tips (“Writing With Robin”) and short stories. Of course, as a teacher you can also access this material and build reading or writing lessons around it. 

 

Free Downloads

Space Cadets Novel Guide

Includes chapter summaries, discussion questions for each chapter, themes and a bank of activity/lesson ideas.

Box Story

A blank template along with instructions showing how to complete each box

Writing 101

Teachers’ Convention Presentation

Creating Characters

40+ common character traits your students can use to help them create unique, interesting characters

Space Cadets Novel Guide (printable)

Includes chapter summaries, discussion questions for each chapter, themes and a bank of activity/lesson ideas.

Plot Structure Graphic

Shows and describes the basic parts of a story.

How to Get Your Students Writing

Teachers’ Convention Presentation

What Could Go Wrong?

This writing unit will help students generate and develop story ideas in a way that will aid their understanding of basic story structure.

Story Organizer

For use with “What Could Go Wrong?” writing unit

What Could Go Wrong?

Teachers’ Convention Presentation

Writing With Robin

Ideas and Tips for Young Writers

Writing With Robin, #4: Characters

Think about your favourite stories (including books, movies and TV shows). There are probably a bunch of reasons you love them. How many of those reasons have to do with the characters? You can tell a story with boring characters, but it won’t be a very good one....

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Contact Robin

Whether you’re interested in an author visit or have a question (about Space Cadets or any of the resources on this site), this is the place! Just fill out the form and I’ll get back to you.

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