Storytelling and Writing: Empowering Children to Write and Tell Stories

by  Author Valerie Marsh

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     Two fun and easy ways to write using art! If your students are 'reluctant writers,' create excitement by using the unique writing methods of paper-cutting and drawing. Your students enjoy a paper-cutting story and a draw and tell story. Then they can create their own fiction, nonfiction or personal narratives using these hands-on techniques! 
(We adapt this program to your grade level.)  
Valerie's books include True Tales of Heroes and Heroines, A Treasury of Trickster Tales, Paper-Cutting Stories for Holidays, and Tangram Story Puzzles.

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About This Program


By Request: $155.00
By Request Premium: $145.00

This program is for both students learning virtually at home or students in the classroom!


45 minutes to one hour, depending on your schedule

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Homeschool/Family

Minimum participants:

Even just one listener is important!

Maximum participants:

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

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Problem Solving, Reading, Social Studies/History, Writing Storytelling

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

If your school is closed due to weather, please notify us by 8:00 am EST the day of your scheduled program.
In the event of weather-related school closings, we will reschedule your program. If you choose not to reschedule your make-up distance learning program, the full fee will be charged.
Programs are non-refundable. However, cancellations received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled.

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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 Paper Cutting Stories for Holidays, Puppet Tales, and True Tales of Heroes & Heroines.
     Valerie uses unique ways to tell tales for all ages including "Paper-Cutting" (fold and cut), "Mystery-Fold" (draw and tell), "Story Puzzles" (creating tangram objects), and Sign Language. She offers a wide variety of programs for students of all ages, as well as professional development workshops for teachers. Her writing methods are easy, involve audience participation, and engage students! No matter which program you request, Valerie tailors her program to your students! Easy and fun!
      Miss Liz the Science Wiz joins Valerie for our Action Science programs. Miss Liz uses puppets, sign language and action to anchor basic scientific facts presented in our programs. Miss Liz will have your students acting out all kinds of physical and life science concepts!

Please note: All of our programs are for learners in school or at home, or both!

Author Valerie Marsh
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Program Details


1. We begin with a symmetrical 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 "Setting, Character, Problem, Solution" and identify these elements in a familiar story 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, 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.
develop an awareness and appreciation of stories that are told orally

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.