Ruins of Castle Hanstein near Bornhagen, Germany

Visiting the ruins of Hanstein takes us back to medieval times - Castle Hanstein near Bornhagen, Germany in 2012 More »

Vietnam War protestors demonstrate - Wichita, KS, 1967.

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Solingen, Germany after the bombing, November 1944. - Stadtarchiv Solingen

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My grandmother Grete with her sisters in the early 1920s in Germany.

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B17 Bomber above German Airfield in WWII

U.S. Bomber flies above German airfield in WWII. More »

 

For Teachers

school visit annette oppenlander presenting at high schoolI’m delighted you consider me visiting your school and classroom. In the sub-menu of this section I’ve listed the types of presentations I offer, including writing workshops, sessions related to historical periods my stories are set in as well as what it’s like to work as an author.

School Visits to Middle and High Schools

I’m available for school visits near my home in Bloomington, Ind. and the state and with some planning I’m happy to travel farther. Please contact me with questions and about scheduling.

All my novels are offered through TeachingBooks.net and include several teaching aids such as discussion guides and background information.

Social Studies, History and Writing

Page 1 trifold brochureI offer a wide variety of workshops to complement your curriculum or offer motivation for reading and writing. In most cases my visits are customized for each school visit to ensure content and length are a good fit. I’ve researched and written novels set in medieval Germany, the Wild West, the Vietnam War era, the Civil War and World War Two. I’m currently preparing to begin studies about the Prohibition era.

Writing workshops include a variety of subjects related to craft and include exercises and samples.

If you review German history or are covering other German-related subjects, I’m available to support your efforts, including German language translation (I’m a German-American citizen and German native) and insights into German culture. Furthermore, I support and facilitate communication between German and U.S. schools.

For more information about school visits, including honorarium and travel details please download brochure.

Teaching with Historical Fiction

Here is the link to an article published by Scholastic on how a teacher incorporates historical fiction into her classroom.

  • using historical fiction in the classroom
  • tips for choosing good historical fiction
  • strategies for helping students differentiate between fact and fiction

Here is another great article by Michelle Moran on using historical fiction in the classroom published by Random House: Why Historical Fiction Belongs in Your Classroom.