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Art and Creative Writing Methods for Science, Social Studies, Literature

from Author Valerie Marsh

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Are your students reluctant writers when it comes to non-fiction topics? Valerie will use  fun creative writing and art methods to get your students motivated to write  in the subjects of Science, Social Studies, or Literature!
Writing/art methods include:
1. Tangrams - Valerie will show how to use tangrams (Chinese puzzle pieces)to tell and write a story.
2. Paper-cutting - Participants will have fun cutting out a symmetrical object while writing a story related to their curriculum.
3 Draw & Tell - We can a draw and tell a story by folding a piece of paper and drawing on it while telling the story.
4. One Minute Story - We can write a "One-Minute Story" as it relates to the participants' curriculum.
5. Story Bodies - Participants can learn how to write "Story Bodies" in order to put together a non-fiction report or story.
6. Sign Language - We can use "sign language" to tell and write a story.

OR - This program can be for "Teachers Only."  If you are interested
in a cross curriculum creative writing program for a Teacher In-Service
Meeting, this presentation is the one for your school! Valerie will
discuss ways to incorporate creative writing into all discipline areas and all grade levels.

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About This Program


By Request: $120.00
By Request Premium: $110.00


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

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Home schoolers!

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, Economics/Business, Family & Consumer Science, Language Arts/English, Performing Arts, Sciences, 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...)

Booking Information

Please contact me with any questions! I love to talk to other teachers!

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs canceled due to nature i.e. snow days. Otherwise, please give us to 48 hours notice.

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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. Valerie will demonstrate several ways to incorporate writing into curriculum using the unique methods of paper-cutting, draw and tell, tangram objects, and a One Minute Story.
2. Students will choose a vocabulary word or concept from a list supplied previously by their classroom teacher.
3. Students will apply one of the methods to write about their concept.
4. Students will share their ideas.
5. Valerie will discuss the students' ideas with them.
6. Q and A f time permits.

Students or teachers will need several sheets of paper, a pre-cut tangram set and a pencil please.


Students will:
-incorporate art into their writing
- be motivated to try a different way of writing as it relates to their science, or social studies concepts or vocabulary words.
- choose a current vocabulary word or concept to write about
- engage in one of the demonstrated creative writing techniques
- demonstrate their understanding of the concept.
- use one of the presented art methods to demonstrate a concept

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Please discuss this with Valerie. Science and Social Studies Standards are covered as well as many of the NS/CCSS Standards of Literacy, Writing, Speaking & Listening K to Eighth grade.
-Literacy RL K to 8, RL 1 to 10,
-Writing WK.1 to 8.10
-Speaking & Listening SL K,1 to 5.6
-Art NA-D. K- 5.1, NA-D.K-5.3, NA-T.K-5.2, NA-VA.K-5.1-3, K-5.6
-Math Geometry K-2G.A.1, K-2G.A.2
Valerie is happy to address standards that are important to your particular school or learning situation. She will tailor her program to your requests!

State Standards

Valerie covers most all of the Reading Comprehension, Speaking & Listening, and Writing Process Standards for Kindergarten up to Eighth grade level. If you would like the specific standard numbers to include in your lesson plans, please let Valerie know and she will email them to you.