Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Visit with Marci Seither



Authors have messages for their readers within their books. We were lucky to have met the author of our first literature book, The Adventures of Pearley Monroe. Author Marci Seither took a great deal of time to talk with us, and she answered many questions about her book, writing in general, and she even provided some nice pieces of wisdom that we can use in our day to day lives.

Your task in this prompt is to tell what you think the Big Idea was that Marci was trying to tell you. What was her message to you? What do you think she wanted you to learn by having her come to our class? There are many big ideas that she presented, but which one do you think is the biggest and best?

Create a paragraph, not 1-2 sentences, and explain what you think her message was to you. Your first sentence should state your big idea. Your remaining sentences should tell how you got that idea from her or how that idea will benefit you in your life.

Be sure you check your spelling and conventions; using a word processor and saving the work is a good idea! Make your paragraph something that people will want to read and then think about.

If you have a comment to what someone said, by all means, give that comment to that blogger!

98 comments:

  1. I think the big idea or message Marci Seither was trying to tell us during her visit about The Adventures of Pearley Monroe was how Marci never gave up in writing the book. She came to our class to say that making any book is hard but you should never gave up on what you want to do. I think this is her main message because she said she had many hard days writing The Adventures of Pearley Monroe but with a little help from her kids, and herself, she never gave up. She thought there was too little information, which made her want to stop, but she worked with the information she had and she decided to make it into a historical fiction book. I think Marci Seither persevered.

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    1. You are right Ben. Marci said she would give up but she didn't.

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    2. That's probably why it took her 7 years to write the book

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    3. I agree with you Ben.

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    4. Nice blog post Ben and the blog is cool with with the comments.

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    5. Ben nice vocabulary! It makes your blog post interesting.

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    6. Hi Ben,
      Thanks so much for the great post! You are right, I did want to quit several times but am so glad I didn't. Did you know that Thomas Edison tried 1000"s of different filaments in the lightbulb before he found one that worked?

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  2. I think the big idea Marci said is to never give up or quit the book. Even if the writing is really hard! When she was writing The Adventures of Pearley Monroe she said she is done but she never quit! Every day she wanted to give up her kids kept on motivating her and telling her that she can do it and she never gave up. I think she did a really good job writing the book.

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    1. I agree with you Sami. She never did give up and her kids where motivating her every day! That's why it's such a good book

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    2. I think your right Sami. She never did give up because her kids where motivating her so she wouldn't give up.

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    3. Marci did do a really good job writing her book

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    4. Hi Sami, Tanner, Regina and Ivey!
      My kids motivated me to keep writing, but YOU motivated to write well! When I got to a part that I had a hard time with I thought of YOU and other 4th graders and it helped me keep going. Thanks so much for being such an important part of my writing journey.

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  3. I think the message Marci Seither was trying to give to us was what if and then. She said “to have a good book you have to have a what if and then in it.” I agree with Marci because without what if and then the book would just be plain. In the book The Adventures of Pearly Monroe there where many what if and then moments. That’s what makes this book so good. This is why I think the message Marci Seither was giving was what if and then.

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    1. Hi Tanner!
      Sometimes people just assume something can't be done because it hasn't been done before. Like writing a book about Pearley Monroe. But IF you stay curious and ask questions..THEN you will keep you imaginations active.

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  4. I think the big idea she was trying to express is “Everything has a story, just wait, and it will come to you.” How I got that big idea is that she said the word “story” all the time. Also, Marci Seither said “Everyone has a story.” And the Pearley Monroe story came to her. So I just combined those two ideas to make the big idea “Everything has a story, just wait, and it will come to you.”

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    1. Hi Oscar,
      Stories are all around us. Stories can be entertaining, but they can also teach us something about ourselves, each other and the world we live in.

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  5. I think the message Marci Seither was trying to teach us is to never give up and keep trying. She said that each day she would say that she was going to give up but with a little help of her children she kept on trying and now she has an amazing book called "The Adventures of Pearley Monroe." So I think that the message she was trying to give us is to never give up!

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    1. Hi Regina and Jamie,
      So many times we thing that if we aren't perfect at something we should quit.Sometimes we need encouragement to keep moving forward. Think of a way that you can encourage each other this year. You never know what will happen!

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  6. I think the big idea is to NEVER give up on a project no matter how hard it is, just keep saying in your head “I can do this, I can do this”. And you will be successful with your project. For example, say you were running for council it would be easy to get nervous and give up on writing your speech. If you gave up you may be putting a life-long dream into the garbage. Yet if you don’t, you may or may not get an office. But it doesn’t matter, at least you never gave up on your speech. So next time you feel like you want to quit a project have some faith and keep trying.
    -Trevor

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    1. I agree with Trevor.You should never,never,ever give up.

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    2. Hi Trevor,
      No matter what you want to do in life, everything worth while is worth working hard for. Make your dreams your goal in life and don't quit.

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  7. I think the big idea is that you should never give up no matter how hard it is.Because every day she was righting the book,"The Adventures of Pearley Monroe"she said "I quit." because it was so hard weighting the book and getting info about Pearley and his family.But she never gave up how ever hard righting the book was.She never gave up.EVER.So i think she was trying to tell us not to give up.Like,never give up.Because if you give up,you'll either never attempt to do it again because it was SOOOO hard.So never give up.Ok?

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    1. congrats your first reply!
      awesome blog i mean it!

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    2. awesome!!!!!

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    3. I think we got a big idea. everybody is saying it

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    4. Raymond..thanks so much for the awesome post. I hope you remember the BIG IDEA..don't quite , never give up and always believe in yourself.

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  8. eveyone is saying to never give up!!!It is so cool!

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  9. I think the idea of Marci's messege was to keep your head p and keep trying even though it may seem hard, don't give p.

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    1. Jamie…keep your head up and move forward. Don't give up…ever :~)

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  10. DARN!!!!!!!! FORGOT THE 'U'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. I think the big idea is that Marci never quit on the book.It took her seven years to make the book, but she never gave up.I think it is amazing that she found all of that information and made it into a fun kids book and never gave up.This shows me that if you want to make or do something do it, and if you fail try again!; )

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    1. Zoey, It took a lot to find the information I needed to write "The Adventures of Pearley Monroe" but I am so glad I kept at it. Researching was super fun and you never know what great stories you will find! Have a great year.

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  12. I think the message is that Marci never gave up on her book even if it took her 7 years to make the whole book. She got lots of information from different resources. She said that she is going to quit, but her kids said “mom don’t give up”. So she didn't give up on her book The Adventures of Pearley Monroe.

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    1. Hi Emanuela,
      Sometimes we need others to help us stay encouraged. You can encourage others and I hope you find people who can help you keep moving toward your goal as well.

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  13. I think the message that Marci tried to give us was how everybody has a story to tell, how they should write it down, and how they should share the story. I got this idea from Marci because she kept on saying ''story'' while she was talking. This idea will benefit me in life. First of all, writing your life story down can make you feel less doubtful about yourself. Secondly, it can make you more confident in yourself. Thirdly, it can make you more open-minded. Again, I think the big idea that Marci tried to give us was how everybody has a story, how they should put it on paper, and how they should share their story.

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    1. Everyone does have a story to tell.

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    2. Hi Lia,
      You are right…everyone DOES have a story to tell. Stories help us stay connected and are something that is shared from one person to another …one generation to another. I hope you share your story, I would love to read it!

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  14. I think that Marci Seither mostly told us that no matter what your age is you can set your mind on something that you want to complete someday and also not to give it up. I think that Marci Seither wanted to write a book for 4th graders, and she also wanted to keep it interesting and fun to read. And at some point Marci Seither wanted to quit writing The Adventures of Pearley Monroe, but she kept on trying and trying to finish the book until she accomplished it. That’s a great lesson to learn.

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    1. Hi Sierra, I am so glad you liked "The Adventures of Pearley Monroe" and found it interesting and fun. Sometimes we want to quit when we get tired or frustrated but just think of all the fun we would have missed if I had not kept going! I am so glad I got to meet all of you!

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  15. The big idea that Marci told us was “never give up!” Every day she said that she would give up because there was not enough information about the book she was writing, but her husband and her children persuaded her to keep on writing. If authors just said that they would give up when it got hard there would be no good books in the world. The fantastic technology that we have today would not be here if the designers said “I give up.” Marci Siether is right “never give up.”

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    1. Hi Nithin,
      There are lots of stories about people who didn't give up…did you know JK Rowlings was rejected 12 times before her fist Harry Potter book was published?

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  16. When Marci Seither came to visit our classroom I think her message was to tell us to believe in ourselves. When she came, she told us that she doubted herself and she thought she would quit but instead she believed in her self and she didn’t give up. I think she is an inspiration for kids who want to become, well … anything, because she kept on trying and trying on her book The Adventures of Pearley Monroe and when she thought she would quit she believed in herself and kept on going. She inspired me to believe in myself and that is why I think her message to us is to believe in ourselves.

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    1. You're right. We all have to believe in ourselves

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    2. Hi Julia,
      Some of the most inspirational people in the world are ones who didn't give up..Someday you might want to write a book or do something else that will take a lot of work. Keep at it! I participated in a Triathlon several years ago with our two oldest sons. I was not a great bike rider or a runner, but I had to train hard to complete the course and when I did it was a big accomplishment, just like finishing the book! I didn't start out riding, swimming or running the whole distance, but just took it a little at time…you can do the same thing when you believe in yourself.

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  17. When Marci Seither came to visit our classroom I think the biggest idea she was trying to tell us was that everyone has a story to tell. Marci wrote about the Monroe-Gooch family because no others were willing to. She thought it was a wonderful story that told about a “mother’s love that persevered, despite overwhelming odds.” This big idea makes me think about stories that I can tell. I hope to experience more things in the future that I can write about. I hope the stories that I tell will tell history like Marci’s did. Reading her story made me feel all kinds of emotions. One moment I was sad and the next, happy. Marci had her story to tell and others do too.

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    1. Yah. Everyone has a story to tell.

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    2. Hi Clara,
      Everyone has a story to tell, and they are all important, including yours. I hope to read it someday!

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  18. I think the message Marci Seither Told us mainly about was'' never give up ! ''Marci Seither kept complaining , wanted to give up , because there was not and enough information about the topic of what Marci was writing about .Her husband and her six children persuaded her to keep on writing the book .Marci wrote this book , beacause she wanted to teach the history of Pearley Monroe and the Gooch family. think at one point, Marci wanted to quit , but she kept on going, and finished the book, The Adventures of Pearley Monroe .Marci Seither wrote a great book , and worked soooo hard,SO PLEASE,NEVER GIVE UP!!!

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    1. Hi Elissa,
      I could have never finished this book without the encouragement of my husband and kids. When this book was finished it felt like a huge accomplishment for all of us. Asking people for help finding information was part of the research I loved.

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  19. I think Marci Seither's message to us was to never give up even if it's really hard to finish. Marci wanted to quit when she was writing her book, she was motivated by her children. It took 7 years to make this book, she never gave up on this book. It was very hard to research about the Monroe_Gooch family but she kept trying to finish The Aventures of Pearley Monroe.

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    1. Hi Casey,
      Some of my favorite places to go for research are museums, old newspaper archives and books. No matter what you do in the future, I hope you persevere. Don't be afraid of failing….the only real failure is never trying in the first place.

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  20. I think Marci's message to us was to never give up no matter what. She told us it was really hard to make this book. Marci wanted to give up so many times while making this book but her children encouraged her to keep on going. And like her main character in this book, Pearley Monroe displayed courage despite the challenges he encountered.Marci Seither ended up making a great book in my opinion.So, whatever we're going through in life,KEEP ON GOING!

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    1. Hi Shaun,
      Pearley did show a lot of courage. There are a lot of great stories of people who lived amazing lives. Ben Franklin wrote.. "Write a story worth reading or live a life worth writing about."

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  21. I think the big idea Marci Seither was trying to teach us is that there are stories everywhere. We learned from Marci that a story can’t be an exceptional story without answering all of the “what-ifs.” What-if questions make a small story GROW into a good detailed story. A detailed story is better because it is more interesting. I think Pearley Monroe is a great example of a book that explores what-if questions because there are many of them in this book. A what-if question is “Who could steal jewels?” A bird could, a boy might, a squirrel can, but a raccoon does steal jewels. Incorporating what-ifs into my writing will hopefully make me a better writer, because it will make my stories more detailed. If I can use more detail in my writing, it will make my stories more intriguing.

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    1. Great ideas, Nate! You bring forth ideas we can all think about when we write stories.

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    2. Hi Nate,
      What if…I had never asked for Mr. Lamarr's help! THEN we would have never had such a fun afternoon together. You are right about making stories more interesting. By asking "WHAT IF" you can create a lot of fun stories!

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  22. I think the big idea Marci Seither was trying to tell us was to never doubt yourself. When she was writing The Adventures of Pearly Monroe she wanted to give up many times but she didn't. Marci knew that it was important to tell the story of the Monroe Gooch family. If Marci would have given up this wonderful book would have never been written. She was lucky that she had the support of her family even if it took 7 years. The lesson to never give up is an important lesson especially for all kids. When I hear that Marci struggled with her writing then I don't feel so bad when I struggle with mine. Maybe someday someone in our class will become an author someday because of Marci Seither.

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    1. I think I might become an auther.

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    2. I don't feel so bad now, when I struggle mine too

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    3. Nooooooo! I forgot to put a period!

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    4. Hi Ty!
      I hope someone in the class becomes and author!! Wouldn't it be cool to go to your book signing..or someone else's in the class! I think we compare ourselves with others too much. Everyone is different and unique, even authors!

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  23. In my opinion Marci Seither's big ideas were to never give up, everybody is a writer and everybody has a story to tell. Marci showed us how she never gave up in an example with her kids. She told her kids she wanted to give up lots of times while writing her book, but they told her to keep on trying. Since Marci kept on trying she finished her book. Marci also told our class that everybody is a writer. She said everybody has written a story in their life and everyone can be a writer. Marci told us she never planned to write a book because she usually wrote articles for the newspaper. After that Marci told our class another big idea. This big idea was everyone has a story to tell. She said everyone has a story to tell whether it's about their own life, someone else's life or an important event. I think there are lots of stories waiting to be told in the world.

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    1. Hi Julia,
      I loved starting out writing articles. In fact, I still write articles and try to make myself write things that are hard because I know it is a good discipline. It is important to always be learning something…you never know when it might come in handy. And you are right! EVERYONE has a story to share. Change the world with yours.

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  24. When Marci Seither came to room 15 she taught us to never give up on something you think is important to share with the world. She said she thought that she was going to give up on writing Pearley Monroe every other day but she didn’t. She said her kids inspired her to not give up. Also, she thought the story of Pearley Monroe was important for the world to learn about since there are no other books about him, only a tiny brochure. Nobody really knew Pearley Monroe existed, but it is an important part of history because it teaches us about California after slavery and how people lived back then. Life was harder back then for everyone and they got callused fingers from working so hard. I am happy that Marci Seither didn’t give up for the 7 years it took her to write the book because now we can all learn history in a much more fun and easy way. I wonder if Marci Seither got calloused fingers from typing too much?

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    1. I agree with you Maddox it was important for the story of Pearley Monroe and his family to be told.I wonder if she did get calloused fingers from typing too?

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    2. It would be nice to have more books about Pearley Monroe.
      Say. I wonder if she got calloused fingers too.

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    3. Great opening and closing sentences, Maddox! Your post is thoughtful!

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    4. Hi Maddox,
      I am so glad that I am able to share Pearley's story. His grandparents Nancy and Peter Gooch also lead a very interesting life. I am glad that you are able to learn more about California history and the interesting people who lived here during that time.

      And sometimes I felt like I was getting callused fingers!!!

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  25. I Think the BIG IDEA that Marci Seither was trying to tell us was, Never Give Up. Marci never gave up because her family never let her give up . 7 years later Marci has created her first book because she never gave up or stopped believing . Another BIG IDEA is the "What If" moment. Without those, Marci`s book would not be as good or interesting so that`s why you need a "What if" moment in your book.

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    1. You do need a "What if" moment

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    2. Hi Nimi,
      I have had so many people ask if I was going to write more books. WHAT IF…you wrote a story someday? What would you like to write about?

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  26. I think the big idea and the message Marci told us was to keep trying and to never give up. She researched a long time to get the information. That's why it took her 7 years to write this book. Since Marci worked very hard on The Adventures of Pearley Monroe, her story is very enjoyable. Marci wanted me to learn that all people are writers so they can make their own story. She also wanted me to learn to never give up. Everybody has a story, so why don’t you write one?

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    1. Hi Ivey,
      It took me along time to write this book because I am a busy mom. Sometimes we want everything right now…but we have to wait and work toward that goal. I heard a little saying once that reminded me of something that Miss Nancy would have said. "Inch by inch, it's a cinch…yard by yard, it's too hard." I hope to read something that you write someday1

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  27. We were very fortunate to have Marci Seither visit our class. I think the big idea that she was trying to tell us during her visit was that once we start a task, we should try to finish it no matter how difficult the task is. Marci stated that she wanted to quit writing The Adventures of Pearley Monroe almost every day but she didn’t. I could imagine writing a historical fiction book would be hard, especially to do so much research and barely find any information. Because she never quit, she ended up writing a great book.

    -Ashley

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    1. Hi Ashley,
      I feel so fortunate to be able to come to your class. I loved seeing all the amazing things you were doing as a result of reading my book.

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  28. I think what Marci Seither was telling us is that every good historical fiction needs the phrases "what if " and " and then " because even if you put some real history about a person you could think " what if " this person did this how would it effect your readers.Then next you could think once this person did this " and then " your person did something else, how would this action affect the other people in your story. Marci Seither put in these two phrases which improved her book, The Adventures of Pearly Monroe.
    I think what Marci Siether also wanted to tell us is to never give up because when she was writing The Adventures of Pearley Monroe there were some times she was stuck at a place and said " I can't do it." but, her six awesome kids and husband kept motivating her to keep going and kept encouraging her to keep looking harder to find the information she needed.Even though there were many times that Marci Seither thought she was done with the book, The Adventures of Pearley Monroe, there was always something she wanted to add, to make her historical fiction better for her readers. In conclusion, her perseverance helped her to successfully finish her wonderful book.

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    1. Nice use of the word "perseverance" Danwei. That's exactly what Marci did-persevere!

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    2. Hi Danwei,
      Perseverance is the action of moving forward and not giving up, even when you are tired and frustrated. I love that you and your class mates will be ready to ask the 'What if.. and then. " questions.
      A friend of mine named McNair Wilson told me "The Sky is NOT the limit," he is right. I never thought I would write a book…but I am so glad I did. Someday you are going to do something you never thought you could do as well. Persevere.

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  29. I think the big idea that Marci was trying to say is that you should never give up. I think this because when she was writing her book she said she was going to quit. But in the end she didn't give up and it turned out to be a great story. If she had given up I would not be writing this paragraph right now about how one should not give up. nobody in our class would have done this paragraph and the one about Rose. Good things come in the end.

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    1. Hi Cooper,
      I loved the story about Rose. It was the chapter I had a hard time with and because I respected my friend and she respected me, we decided to ask someone else …Mr. LaMarr! Sometimes we learn the most by listening to others.

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  30. After thinking about it I think the big idea is keep calm and carry on.
    Marci talked about how she wanted to quit but she kept going.
    Marci wanted all of us to never give up and to follow your dream. She said that it took her 7 years to complete the book, and she wanted to give up so many times. Marci is a good author and I enjoyed her book. I will keep calm and carry on no matter what is in my way even if its homework.

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    1. Hi Hayden,
      I LOVED your "Stay calm and carry on," statement.. I think I might have to have a sign that states.."Carry on and keep writing!" I am so glad I was able to meet you in person and I hope to see you again before you move onto 5th grade!

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  31. I think Marci Siether’s visit to our class was mostly about that everybody has a story to tell. Why I think this is because I have a story to tell, it might not be great, but it’s something.
    In the book, The Adventures of Pearley Monroe, Marci told the story because nobody else wanted to. Even though it wasn’t her story, it was Pearley’s; she told it, and she told it excellently.
    I think what Marci wanted us to learn by coming to our class is that we could tell our story, or somebody else’s, any time in life. Whether you’re only 3 years old or 116 years old, you can tell your story in some way.
    That is why I think, everybody has a story to tell, is the big idea for Marci Siether’s visit.

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    1. Hi Matthew,
      I love that you wrote about not being too young or old to share your story. Always stay curious about the world you live in, ask questions and don't be afraid to make a difference.

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  32. A Visit With Marci Seither blog

    I'm thinking that the visit from the author of The Adventures of Pearley Monroe was great.Marci Seither is also a professional at writing articles about her children. I'm thinking that the big idea is that Marci Seither was saying that she was going to give up but she didn't give up and kept it going.For one thing, Marci had help from the fourth graders in Mr. LaMarr's class from room 15.
    Also, Marci wants to say that everything has a story or everyone has a story.She said that she has 6 kids and one of the kids is married with Mr. LaMarr's daughter.
    In conclusion,Marci is a great author and great at writing this book.

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  33. I think that Marci Seither' big idea was it is good to have support Marci want to quit like 50 times during the 7 years she made The Adventures Of Pearley Monroe. Her children were telling her to keep on trying and she doidso now she has Pearley Monroe out.For example: what if you played soccer and you din't like it but your parents said keep on trying so you did and 10 years later you liked soccer,but what if your parents din't support you then you would never like soccer. What im trying to say is that if Marci's kids din't support her and said .............. then The Adventures Of Pearley Monroe would never be published.

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    1. Hi Zach,
      "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." Thomas A. Edison

      Sometimes we think something is too big to tackle..just take it one foot at a time and keep moving forward.

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  34. I loved all of the thoughtful comments! Thank so much for allowing me to be apart of your class, this has been a big adventure for me and one that I am so thankful for. Always dream…don't be afraid to try something new and persevere!

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  35. A Visit With Marci Seither blog

    I'm thinking that the visit from the author of The Adventures of Pearley Monroe was great.Marci Seither is also a professional at writing articles about her children. I'm thinking that the big idea is that Marci Seither was saying that she was going to give up but she didn't give up and kept it going.For one thing, Marci had help from the fourth graders in Mr. LaMarr's class from room 15.
    Also, Marci wants to say that everything has a story or everyone has a story.She said that she has 6 kids and one of the kids is married with Mr. LaMarr's daughter.
    In conclusion,Marci is a great author and great at writing this book.

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  36. A Visit With Marci Seither blog

    I'm thinking that the visit from the author of The Adventures of Pearley Monroe was great.Marci Seither is also a professional at writing articles about her children. I'm thinking that the big idea is that Marci Seither was saying that she was going to give up but she didn't give up and kept it going.For one thing, Marci had help from the fourth graders in Mr. LaMarr's class from room 15.
    Also, Marci wants to say that everything has a story or everyone has a story.She said that she has 6 kids and one of the kids is married with Mr. LaMarr's daughter.
    In conclusion,Marci is a great author and great at writing this book.

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  37. I'm thinking that the visit from the author of The Adventures of Pearley Monroe was great.Marci Seither is also a professional at writing articles about her children. I'm thinking that the big idea is that Marci Seither was saying that she was going to give up but she didn't give up and kept it going.For one thing, Marci had help from the fourth graders in Mr. LaMarr's class from room 15. Also, Marci wants to say that everything has a story or everyone has a story.She said that she has 6 kids and one of the kids is married with Mr. LaMarr's daughter. In conclusion,Marci is a great author and great at writing this book.

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  38. I think the big idea that I learned when Marci visited was that Pearley Monroe was a very busy 16-year-old boy. I think that because Delia said, “Mama said you have to take me berry pickin’ this morning.” that means Pearley had to take Delia blackberry picking.

    Also, the book says in ch. 2 of P.M (Pearley Monroe) it said he had to feed the cow, eat breakfast, practice spelling words for the spelling bee, bicker, and finally go to school. It must have been hard for him.

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