Welcome to the wiki for our iNK collaboration with District One, Missoula Montana, using my book "When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone."
Wolves are just about my favorite wild animals. When I was a child, I savored reading books like "The Call of the Wild," by Jack London, imagining what it might be like to live wild and free like a wolf. I saw my first wild wolf in Alaska, on a research trip for a book about grizzly bears. One glance of a wolf dashing off into the trees and I was hooked--I knew my next book had to be about wolves.
My photographer Bill Muñoz, found a woman who was raising 10 wolf pups in her home. We visited them many times as they grew up, helping feed them with baby bottles and taking them outside to explore the yard. They came to know and accept us, so Bill was able to take photos of them "being wolves" and I was able to observe their behavior. The result of that work was our book "Gray Wolf Red Wolf."
Later on, after wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park, I visited the park many times and was able to watch wolves in the wild. The result of that research is "When the Wolves Returned" with photographer Dan Hartman, who lives just outside the park and has been photographing the wolves ever since they were brought back.
I'm looking forward to working together on this project. I love telling stories about wolves and using them as a way to help people understand the complex interactions in nature, how one species can have so many cascading effects on the entire ecosystem.

Take a look at my website: www.dorothyhinshawpatent.com

March 3, 2014
This is Dorothy--the system wouldn't let me write in green today for some reason! Last week I met again with Ms. Hoenke's class at Franklin School and covered the same ground as with Mrs. Griffin's class. The students were attentive and had a few good questions. I wish them the best on their writing adventures!

February 23, 2014
On Thursday, I met with Mrs. Griffin's class at Lewis & Clark School. We had a really good session. I talked about paragraph structure, editing their work, and made some suggestions about what nonfiction text features the students might want to use in their articles. During the question period, the students read paragraphs they had written and i made suggestions for improvement for their work. I was very impressed by their writing and look forward to how ther work turns out.

February 14, 2014
I'm thrilled to see how well this project is proceeding! Both teachers have been working hard with their students on their projects and have posted photos that show what the children have been up to, as well as information about their progress. I'm looking forward to my second videoconferences with the two classrooms. As a person who loves animals, I'm delighted that both classes are writing informational pieces about different species of animals. I've also made comments on the wiki pages of each teacher.

February 4, 2014

While I was preparing for my VC with Ms Griffin's class, I learned a few things myself. The class is actually using two of my books, "When the Wolves Returned" and also, as a reference book, "Deer and Elk." That book was published 10 years ago, so I'd forgotten how I'd approached the topic. I always try to draw the reader in right at the beginning of a book with something exciting, with a question, or start with something familiar and move right to a question or excitement. I did this with the first paragraph of that book, and when I read it to my husband, he pointed out something more--the first paragraph was actually a miniature story, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. No wonder it worked so well! Here's how I began the book:
"As the car turns the corner, its headlights illuminate the image of a deer by the road. The animal's slim legs look fragile as it stands facing the barbed wire fence bordering the field. Then, as the people in the car watch, the animal springs effortlessly from a standing position, easily clearing the fence, walks slowly away across the pasture, and disappears into the darkness."
Now I realize that telling a one-paragraph ministory at the beginning is a great way to start an article, chapter, or a book. Next time I get stuck trying to figure out how to hook my readers, I will remember this lesson and find a way to create an irresistible ministory to begin.

January 27, 2014

I just read the entries for both classes on the wiki, and I'm very excited about this project. I didn't realize

there were so many different ways to look at what a book has to offer and how to analyze the content. I

learn so much myself when I work with teachers and students, and learning new things is one of my most

favorite activities! I'm looking forward to this Wednesday, when we'll test the technology so we can be sure

that it will work with both schools.