Anansi: Spider Folktale Trickster - Participate in Anansi Stories, Create Your Own Story!

by  Author Valerie Marsh

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   Combine creative writing, folktales and art!
Anansi is a multi-cultural trickster from West Africa and the Caribbean who has crazy adventures! Participate in Anansi folktales using art and creative writing techniques of paper-cutting, sign language, or draw and fold. Your students can create their own personal Anansi story. Active learning!
(We adapt this program to your grade level.)

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About This Program


By Request: $155.00
By Request Premium: $145.00


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, Homeschool/Family

Minimum participants:

Even just one listener is important!

Maximum participants:

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

Primary Disciplines

Art, International, Language Arts/English, Literacy, 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.

About This Provider

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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
317 441 0158

Program Details


1. Anansi Goes Bald! We enjoy a paper-cutting story and use Anansi's hat to hold the soup!
2. We discuss the story elements and the concept of symmetry.
3. Students create their own trickster tale and a symmetrical object to go with their story.
4. Students engage in a second story using the draw and tell method, or sign language.
5. We review the sign language we used and stories that we shared together. Then we discuss and build excitement for the post - connection story writing activity.


The participant will:
-listen to and enjoy Anansi stories.
-understand the role of a Trickster.
-appreciate West African and Caribbean literature.
-understand the important elements of a story.
-write creatively about a trickster or another character of his or her choice.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Valerie will tailor her program to the standards that you are meeting with this program. Please let her know what standards you need to cover.
-Literacy RL K.1 to 8, RL .1 to .10.
-Literacy RL K.1 to 8, RL .1 to 4.
-Writing WK.1 to 8.10.
-Speaking & Listening SL K.1 to 5.6
-Art NA-D.K-6 - 4.1, 4.3, NA-VA.K-6 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.6
-Math K.GA.1, K.G.A.2, 1.G.A.1, G.A.1, 2.G.A.1

State Standards

Valerie will design your program around the state standards that you would like to cover.