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Storytelling and Writing: Empowering Children to Write and Tell Stories

from Author Valerie Marsh

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Do you have a few 'reluctant writers' in your class?  Involve your students in telling and writing stories with these hands-on art methods. Valerie, author of 13 books, covers the basic parameters of a story and how to get started writing a story. Your students enjoy a paper-cutting story and then create their own paper cut object and story.! Valerie involves your students in  a draw and tell story, sign language story, or a story told with tangrams.  Valerie chooses stories pertinent to your grade level, themes you are covering in your classroom and academic standards that you are focusing on.
     Your students will be able to tell and write a story using these fun, easy methods. She suggests ways to continue these art related writing activities and how to turn them into finished products for individual portfolios,  or classroom books. Valerie's books include True Tales of Heroes and Heroines, Paper-Cutting Stories A to Z, A Treasury of Trickster Tales, Paper-Cutting Stories for Holidays, Stories That Stick, Puppet Tales, Storyteller's Sampler and Tangram Story Puzzles..

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By Request: $120.00
By Request Premium: $110.00

Valerie can come to your school for a live author visit! If your school is in the Charleston area, Valerie can present this program from your Distance Learning classroom to a partner school that you are connecting with. You get a live author visit and a collaboration!


45 minutes to one hour, depending on age of students and your schedule!

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Home schoolers! Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

Even just one listener is important!

Maximum participants:

Two classes together, or about 45 students for optimun interactivity.

Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Special Education, Character Education, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented, Special Needs Storytelling

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

There is no charge for programs canceled due to weather.

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Author Valerie Marsh

Johns Island, SC
United States

     Valerie is the author of 13 storytelling books,  a writing teacher, and storyteller. Her books include "Paper Cutting Stories A to Z," "A Treasury of Trickster Tales," "Mystery-Fold: Stories to Tell Draw, and Fold," and "Story Puzzles: Tales in the Tangram Tradition." Other books include puppets made from food, and Heroes & Heroines.
     Valerie uses unique ways to tell tales for all ages including"Paper-Cutting" (fold and cut), "Mystery-Fold" (draw and fold), "Story Puzzles" (creating tangram figures), and Sign Language,  She offers Workshops for students, and professional development for teachers. Her story methods are easy, involve audience participation and get kids excited about writing! No matter which program you request, Valerie tailors her program to your class! Easy and fun!
      Miss Liz Science Wiz  joins Valerie for the Action Science programs. Miss Liz uses puppets and physical actions to anchor basic scientific concepts presented in our video conference programs. Miss Liz will have your students acting out all kinds of physical and life science facts!

Author Valerie Marsh
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Program Details


1. We begin with a paper-cutting story.
2. Students identify a variety of symmetrical objects.
3. Students use their art skills to create their own symmetrical object for their story.
4. We discuss "Character, Problem, Solution" and identify these elements in a familiar story already such as "Goldilocks."
5. Students then create their own story.
6. Valerie tells a second story using a different type of storytelling method such as Draw and Tell, or Sign Language or Tangrams.
7. Students write their own story.
8.. Q and A encouraged if time permits.

Participants will need several sheets of plain white paper and a pencil please.


Students will:
create his/her original story to tell using one of Valerie's hands-on methods.
tell her/his own version of one of the stories
be able to identify the important parts of a story.
compare one of Valerie's stories to a story he/she is already familiar with.
develop an awareness and appreciation of stories that are told orally (without the book).

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Valerie will tailor this program to meet your particular standard objectives.
-Literacy RI K to 8, RL 1 to 10,
-Writing WK.1 to 8.10
-Speaking & Listening SL K,1 to 5.6
-Art NA-VA,K-4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.6, NA-T.K-4.2, NA-D.K-4.1-3
-Math K.G.A.1, K.G.A.2, 1.G.A.1, G.A.1, 2.G.A.1

State Standards

Valerie will tailor this program to meet your particular state standard objectives.