School Visits

August 11, 2009 by  
Filed under School Visits, Teachers Only

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School Visits — Martha Stockton Alderson, M.A. is available to help teachers and students achieve history content standards AND writing and reading content standards.

Her talks about Commodore Robert Field Stockton and his part in the transfer of California from the hands of the Mexican government to the United States helps satisfy California Content Standards that require every student to study the economic, social, and political life in California from the establishment of the Bear Flag Republic through the Mexican-American War.

As a Californian descendent of Robert Stockton, she has been granted access to stories about the man who came from a long-line of patriots in New Jersey and influenced nearly every major historical event in our country’s history during his lifetime.

Martha is an international plot and story consultant. Her clients include best-selling authors, writing teachers and fiction editors. She created a unique line of plot tools for readers and writers, including BLOCKBUSTER PLOTS Scene Tracker Kit, and the Plot Planner DVDs. She teaches plot workshops privately, through Writers Store, Learning Annex and writing conferences. Visit her website at:

Long before working with adult writers, Martha worked with children with speech, language, and learning disabilities. She finished graduate school with a Masters in speech development, a double major in Psychology and Speech Pathology, a California Teaching Credential in Special Education, National certification by the National Speech and Hearing Association, California certified by the California Board of Medical Examiners.

After serving as a speech therapist in Oak Grove School District, she went on to found a learning clinic and, with the help of 6 therapists and 1 psychologist on staff, transformed the lives of thousands of children. 15 years ago she sold the practice and started writing. Now, she joins together what she knows about the ways people learn with what she knows about plot to open up the world of stories to children and adults alike. She makes plot, an abstract concept, concrete to accommodate all learning styles. After more than twenty years of interacting with thousands of children, she knows firsthand the many different ways people learn.

Five years ago, she started teaching plot workshops by incorporating as much sensory feedback as possible for full discovery and ease in learning. With the help of this communications leader, children and adult writers of all skill levels now grasp the elusive concept of plot and are able to use it effectively in their own works of fiction.

Never losing her love of working with children, Alderson has volunteered her time for nine years, teaching children about plot through the Friends of the Los Gatos Library sponsorship, and developed a writing program for a local children’s shelter.

In 2005, she was a California Association of Library Trustees and Commissioners nominee for “her outstanding contribution in developing and providing annual Young Writers Workshops for children and youth in Los Gatos for the past five years, and extending the program to the children and youth of the Santa Clara County Children’s Shelter.”

Although her major work is with adult writers, Alderson continues to teach students to push aside the words and “see” the underpinnings of all great literature. The strategies and materials encourage students of all ages to write and read in a more analytical way.

She currently gives lectures about Stockton in classrooms all over California along with plot workshops for children and their teachers.

Kids and teens and adults are invited to follow her plot tips at: one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers in 2009 by Writers Digest

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