Use Chinese Tangrams to Write Your Own Personal Narrative or Folktale!

by  Author Valerie Marsh

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Creative writing, art, and ancient Chinese puzzle pieces work together. Your students
will enjoy folktales, the history of tangrams and explore student created
tangram pictures. Then they can write their own story and create tangram objects to illustrate it! We discuss "Character,
Problem, Solution" as a quick way to start writing fiction, non-fiction or
personal narratives.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $140.00
Point to Point Premium: $130.00


45 minutes to one hour, epending on your schedule.

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Homeschoolers

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, Language Arts/English, Performing Arts, Special Education, Character Education, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented, Special Needs Home schoolers!

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled 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 Puppet 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 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. Using her book "Story Puzzles, Tales in the Tangram Tradition", Valerie will tell a tangram story and explain the process.
2. Your students will exp;lore examples of student created tangram objects and review the geometry names.
3. We discuss "Character, Problem, Solution" and identify these elements in familiar stories.
4. Students create their own personal narrative, fiction or non-fiction story, with their pre-cut tangram pieces,
5. Q & A if time permits.

Students will need several sheets of paper and pre-cut tangram pieces. Valerie will send you the pattern.


The participant will:
1. create and begin writing his or her original story to tell using the art tangram method.
2. tell her/his own version of one of the stories Valerie told.
3. be able to identify the important parts of a story.
4. compare one of Valerie's stories to a story he/she is already familiar with.
5. develop an awareness and appreciation of stories that are told orally (without the book).
6. be able to identify the geometric shapes of square, circle, rectangle, triangle, parallelogram, diamond,

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Valerie will tailor her program to the standards that you want to meet with this program. If you need to cover particular standards, let Valerie know and she will include those standards.
Literacy RL K.1 to .8, RL .1 to .10
Writing WK.1 to 8.10
Speaking and Listening K.SL.1 to 5.6
Art NA-VA.K-4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.6, NA-T.K-4.2, NA-D.K-4.1,4.3
K.G.A.1,K.G.A.2, 1.G.A.1, 2. G.A.1

State Standards

Valerie will align her program to your state standards for your grade level.
For example:
Indiana: Literature: K.RL1 to 4.2,
Writing K.W.1 to 5,
Speaking and Listening K.SL.1 to 4.3