SCHOOLS

Dear Educators,

 

Once upon a time, we taught children by through the oral tradition.  Now studies prove children who actively listen to stories, expand their imaginations, becoming better thinkers, readers, and writers. Storytelling , especially by a master of the art, provides an ideal way to educate children. 

A Second Grader Tells All About Jonathan

Looking for an enchanting arts-in-education experience? 

Need to meet curricular goals and common core standards?

Have your students engaged by a Master Storyteller.   

School Programs

Finger Fables - Grades Pre-K - 2


Your master storyteller teaches young children to actively listen, with this “hands on” experience of Fables. Drawing from Aesop to Anansi, these selections naturally provide morals and many ways to retell, reenact, sequence and write. CCS - Reading gr. K - 2 #1-9, (i.e. responding, retelling, key details, characters)




Story Theater- Grades K - 4


Guided by their tale-teller, using simple costumes children step into classic fairy tales. Selections come from Grimm Brothers, H.C. Anderson, Jataka Tales, and your requests. Workshops use “Ingredients for a Fun Fairy Tale” to prompt writing, new endings, and retellings from a different character’s perspective. CCS - Reading / Literature - 1-4 # 9, 10, 11 Informational - 1-4 #1-3 Writing 1-4 # 3 (main idea, characters, story structure compare/contrast, responding to Literature)




The World in Tales- Grades 2 - 5


Students experience diverse countries and cultures on a “story journey” around the world. Listening to a folk or fairy tale from six continents, they’ll discover what makes each place unique, and will understand their values. Fifth graders get "Tales of the Americas" Ask about a live musical accompanist. Workshops show students how to write their own tale using characteristics a country they pick. CCS - Reading/Informational - #3-5, 7, 9, 11 Writing 4A Speaking & Listening 1f, - Main Ideas, Structure, Integration, Cultural perspectives, Different backgrounds, Responding with original story)




New York Lore (History on the Hudson)- Grades 4-5, 7, 11


New York’s history experienced through dramatic stories of Native, Colonial, Revolutionary, Industrial and Environmental times. Offers creation myths, Dutch and British settlers, George Washington, Sybil Ludington, Women’s rights, Pete Seeger, haunted history. Add NY songs with the Hudson River Ramblers. Workshops show students how to use primary sources to write a persuasive letter to a historical figure. CCS - S.&L.1e, 4 / L.S. 3, 4a, 6/ R.S.L. H/SS 6-12 - 1-3, 9 - retelling, analysis, understanding perspectives, primary sources, point of view




Medieval Manners & Manors- Grades 6-12


Jonathan the Troubadour immerses students in medieval times. They experience feudalism, feasting, knighting, and guild rules. There’s a mystery tale students help solve. Many done caps and cotehardies to step into skits. They’ll bow, speak “forsoothely” and sing in “olde English.” A double period event, complete with a ten page teacher’s guide. $725. = two presentations. Ask about in class skit workshops. CCS - S & L 1e, 2/ W.S. 11c & d / L. in H & S.S. 3, 4, / W in H & S.S. 8, 9 (analysis, context,historical perspective, using sources, draw evidence, reflection)




Myth- Grades 2-12


Select a culture’s myth, from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Norse, Native for a your performance program. Garbed as a bard from the period, your storyteller engages, with dramatic technique, a skit and humor. Ask for Myth-Making workshops. CCS - S & L 1e, 2/ W.S. 11c & d / L. in H & S.S. 3, 4, / W in H & S.S. 8, 9 (analysis, context, historical perspective, using varied sources, draw evidence, reflection)




Shakespeare is Elementary- Grades 4-12


This is a three-day residency where every student has a chance to have fun performing an authentic, unedited kid-friendly scene from Shakespeare. Three actor/educators coach in students in scene groups of four. A culminating assembly highlights the experience, with groups from each class sharing their scenes from Shakespeare. Scenes are provided. CCS - S & L 4/ R.S. 1-4, 11 / W.S. 3, 4, 11 (tell a story, responding to literature, audience awareness, perspective)





Tell me your story.  I’ll tailor tales for your school.

Common Core Standards Addressed:  

 

Key Details #2

K "With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details."                                        

1st - "Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson." 2nd -Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.                                                               

Knowledge and Ideas #9                                    

 

K- Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.             

Ist a. With prompting and support, students will make cultural connections to text and self.     

2nd Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.

 

Responding to Literature K,1st, & 2nd - Making connections between self, text, and the world

K.L.6  Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading, being read to, responding to texts.

K.SL.2   Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media, K.SL.4   Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail. K.SL.6   Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.

 

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