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 enjoy both non-fiction and fiction stories using
tangrams and explore student created
tangram pictures. Then they create their own tangram
objects to illustrate their story. We discuss "Character, Problem, Solution" as a
quick way to start writing fiction, non-fiction or
personal narratives. Interactive writing fun! (We adapt this program to your grade level.)

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About This Program


Point to Point: $155.00
Point to Point Premium: $145.00


45 minutes to one hour, epending on your schedule.

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 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

Art, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Performing Arts, Problem Solving, Reading, Social Studies/History, Writing

Program Delivery Mode


tangrams, Chinese, story, storytelling, writing, puzzles, personal narratives, creative writing, tangram puzzles, character, problem, solution

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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. Using her book ,"Story Puzzles, Tales in the Tangram Tradition", Valerie will tell a tangram story and explain the process of creating an object with the tangram pieces.
2. Your students will explore examples of student created tangram objects.
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