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Storytelling and Writing: Empowering Children to Write and Tell Stories

from Author Valerie Marsh

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Two fun and easy art ways to write! If your students are 'reluctant writers,' build 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 create their own! Use with fiction, nonfiction or personal narratives. Fun and easy! (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: $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 – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

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 Tales, 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.