The Skype visit was a culminating activity for the grade. Glory Be was a read aloud for all 3rd graders. It was part of their extended text to tie in with their social studies units for this year. This was the perfect story to extend their learning and thinking about civil rights and equality.
During the visit students asked Augusta questions about what she enjoys doing, which character she connects most with, what research she did in preparation for writing the book, what she would change about the book if she could, what inspired her to write the book, and so many more. It was a wonderful 45 minutes that ended way too quickly.
At the end of the visit as students lined up they were buzzing with excitement and so were their teachers. One student summed it perfectly when they said, "I love when we get a chance to talk to the authors. It helps me connect with the books we read."