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Course Offerings

Course Offerings: 2011-2012

Residency Offerings

Myths for Our Time: Grades 3-8: This high-energy workshop combines storytelling, creative writing, art, and world-building to enable students to create an original myth based on real life problems, thus allowing students to not only create an original written story but to develop higher level thinking skills in an engaging and relevant way.  Finished products can be acted out, put to music, illustrated and/or turned into graphic novels.  Parents and other classes may be invited to finished readings or performances.

Unicorns, Minotaurs, Dragons, Mermaids, and Look—There’s a Princess!: Grades 1-3: This workshop combines storytelling and “story dramatization” with student creative writing and acting.  Ms. Pruitt will share fairy and folk tales from around the world, introducing them as models as students create original stories.  Story concepts such as character trait-building, suspenseful sequencing, rising action, and story mapping will be learned and applied through students’ original work.  Parents and other classes may be invited to finished readings or performances.

Storytelling, Storymaking: Grade K: This fast-paced workshop introduces young students to elements of story structure by first listening to a story, then choosing favorite scenes to act out for the rest of the class.  Students will then compare and contrast their favorite stories.

Animal Folklore: Science and Creativity: Grades 1-6: This interactive workshop bridges science and literacy by utilizing the ancient art of storytelling to introduce international models of how people across time and distance have created animal folktales to explain natural phenomena and to socialize young people in the ethics of their culture.  Utilizing a specific story creation process, students will create an original animal fable and will also develop a concurrent research project about the real life and habitat of their chosen animal. Finished products will potentially include illustrated books and dioramas. Parents and other classes may be invited to final presentations, readings, and performances.

Your World, Your Future: Using Your Imagination to Build Future Worlds: Grades 1-8: This workshop begins by a whole class brainstorm about the serious problems our world faces now, at the beginning of the 21st century.  As a whole class, students will be asked to brainstorm and agree on solutions and will then be asked to use both these problems and solutions as a model for their own future world-building.  Students will then either work in small groups, pairs, or individually and create future worlds utilizing an “elements of culture” template provided by Ms. Pruitt. Throughout the writing and design process, traditional storytelling will be used to provide models of qualities that are valued in a compassionate and just society. Student completed works can be used to create models, dioramas, large-scale drawings, and illustrated books.  Parents and other classes may be invited to final presentations—similar to a science fair!

Bullies: What Folktales Teach Us—and Why You Don’t Even Need a Fairy Godmother: Grades 2-5: This workshop features a multicultural look at how folktales address the eternal problem of bullies; teaching students to identify survival and coping strategies imbedded in this often overlooked resourceUtilizing traditional stories and legends, Ms. Pruitt will engage students in a worldwide comparison of folktales, help identify useful coping strategies, and lead students in the creation of an original “antibullying” story using a folktale motif.  Finished products may include illustrated books and dioramas. Parents and other classes may be invited to final presentations, readings, and performances.   

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