Women Who Rescued: Hear Their Stories, Then Cut, Draw, or Use Sign Language!

by  Author Valerie Marsh

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  Celebrate Women's History Month by learning how Elizabeth Blackwell, Ida
Lewis, Mother Teresa, Margaret Brown, Tantoo Cardinal and others rescued! Your students
enjoy and then write their own heroine stories using the  unique writing
methods of cutting, drawing, sign language or tangrams. Interactive writing

We adapt this 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 your schedule.

Target Audience

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

Minimum participants:

Just one!

Maximum participants:

Two classes together or about 45 students for optimum interactivity.

Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Fine Arts, International, Leadership, 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. We develop a paper-cutting story about Elizabeth Blackwell or Ida Lewis and explore how students can create their own paper cut symmetrical objects as it relates to a story.
2. Students discuss "Character, Problem, Solution" and how to include these in their writing.
3. We enjoy a different storytelling method such as Draw and Tell, or Sign Language or Tangrams to tell a second story about a different heroine.
4. Thinking of the different heroines that they know in their own lives or ones that they have read about, students create their own story using one of these hands-on writing methods.


Students will:
1. be able to explain how the women rescued people in trouble
2. understand the different types of rescues involved
3. gain an appreciation and understanding of the heroic acts these women performed
4. create his/her story to tell using one of Valerie's hands-on methods.
5. tell her/his own version of one of the stories
6. be able to identify the important parts of a story.
7. compare one of these stories to a famous person that he/she is already familiar with.
8. 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 RL K to 8, RL 1 to 10,
-Writing WK.1 to 8.10
-Speaking & Listening SL K,1 to 5.6
-Art NA-TK-4.2, NA-VA.K-4.1-3, NA-VA.K-4.6, NA-D.K-4.1-3

State Standards

Valerie will identify your state standards if you would like.- just let her know!