Women Who Rescued: Learn Their Stories, Then Cut, Draw, or Use Tangrams to Write!

by  Author Valerie Marsh

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Are your students 'reluctant writers' but love exciting true stories? Involve your students in Women's History Month with tales of rescue from Mother Teresa, Elizabeth Blackwell, Ida Lewis and others. Using hands-on creative writing methods., we discuss the basic parameters of a story and then jump into writing using paper-cutting, drawing, sign language or tangrams. Unique writing fun!

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By Request: $140.00
By Request Premium: $130.00


45 minutes to one hour, depending on your schedule.

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Homeschoolers

Minimum participants:

Just one!

Maximum participants:

Two classes together or about 45 students for optimum interactivity.

Primary Disciplines

Service Learning, International, Social Studies/History, Fine Arts, Career Education, Performing Arts, Character Education, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented, Leadership Storytelling

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

No charge for cancellation due to weather related school closures.

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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. Valerie begins with a paper-cutting story about Elizabeth Blackwell and shows students how to create their own paper cut symmetrical objects.
2. She discusses "Character, Problem, Solution" and gets students involved in identifying these elements in familiar stories such as the "Titanic."
3. Valerie tells another rescue story using a different storytelling method such as Draw and Tell, or Sign Language or Tangrams.
4. Students create the beginning of their own story and share their ideas. Valerie makes suggestions regarding continuing these activities in the classroom.
5. Valerie reviews the important learning objectives and then closes with an audience participation story.
6. Questions and answers encouraged if time permits.

Students will need a pencil, a pre-cut tangram set, and several pieces of paper.


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 preformed
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!