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Women Who Rescued: Learn Their Stories, Then Cut, Draw, Sign or Use Tangrams to Write Your Story

from Author Valerie Marsh

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Are your students 'reluctant writers' but love exciting history stories? Involve your students in Women's History Month by telling
and writing the stories of Mother Teresa, Elizabeth Blackwell, Princess Diana, and Ida Lewis with these hands-on creative writing methods. These women were ordinary individuals but they each had an extraordinary desire to help others Valerie will cover
the basic parameters of a story and how to get started writing a story.
Then, Valerie tells a paper-cutting story and shows your students
how to create their own paper cut object. Your students use their art skills create draw and tell
story, or a story using tangrams.
     Valerie sends you a background information packet before
and after the program. Your students will be able to tell and write a
story using these fun, easy methods. Valerie gives suggestions to
the teachers on how to continue these art, reading, creative writing activities in the
classroom and turn them into finished products for individual
portfolios, young author books, or classroom books. Valerie's books
include True Tales of Heroes and Heroines, Paper-Cutting Stories for Holidays,
A Treasury of Trickster Tales, and Tangram Story Puzzles.

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About This Program


By Request: $120.00
By Request Premium: $110.00


45 minutes to one hour, depending on your schedule.

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Homeschoolers

Minimum participants:

Just one!

Maximum participants:

Two classes together or about 45 students for optimum interactivity.

Primary Disciplines

Service Learning, International, Social Studies/History, Fine Arts, Career Education, Performing Arts, Character Education, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented, Leadership 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

No charge for cancellation due to weather related school closures.

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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
317 441 0158

Program Details


1. Valerie begins with a paper-cutting story about Elizabeth Blackwell and shows students how to create their own paper cut symmetrical objects.
2. She discusses "Character, Problem, Solution" and gets students involved in identifying these elements in familiar stories such as the "Titanic.."
3. Using a story from women's history, Valerie then moves to a second type of storytelling method such as Draw and Tell, or Sign Language or Tangrams.
4. Students then create the beginning of their own story and share their ideas. Valerie makes suggestions regarding continuing these activities in the classroom.
5. Valerie reviews the important learning objectives and then closes with an audience participation story or song.
6. Questions and answers encouraged if time permits.

Students will need a pencil, a pre-cut tangram set, and several pieces of paper.


Students will:
be able to explain how the women rescued people in trouble
understand the different types of rescue involved
gain an appreciation and understanding of the heroic acts these women preformed
create his/her 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 famous woman 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 RL K to 8, RL 1 to 10,
-Writing WK.1 to 8.10
-Speaking & Listening SL K,1 to 5.6
-Art NA-TK-4.2, NA-VA.K-4.1-3, NA-VA.K-4.6, NA-D.K-4.1-3

State Standards

Valerie will identify your state standards if you would like.- just let her know!