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Story Pirates' workshop curriculum focuses on core elements of national standards for Arts Education and English Language Arts while providing rich cultural experiences that push the boundaries of traditional enrichment to tackle substantive educational goals like vocabulary development, story structure, revision and confident self-expression. Standard Residencies (5-7 Class Sessions)

Story Writing Building Blocks Grades K-1 The class will work together on creating a group story with a clear beginning, middle and end, containing a character, a problem and a solution. This group story then becomes the reference point for a series of lessons in which students design their own stories each containing the same set of story building blocks. Character Workshop Grades 1-2 Students will create detailed characters and develop problems for those characters to solve by drawing them on our specialized graphic organizers. Students will use their pictures as the first step in a scaffolded series of lesson plans that culminate in writing detailed, well-organized stories with a clear beginning, middle and end. Students will also return to the pictures later as the first step in doing some simple revision of the stories. Hero Story Writing, with Heroic Dialogue Grades 2-5 We tap into the deep love for hero stories that so many students have but then ask students to look at the idea of a hero in ways they may not have considered before. As we emphasize creating well-rounded, surprising characters that go beyond the stereotypes of what traditional heroes might be, each student creates a hero character and plans out creative, nonviolent solutions, which this character might use to solve a problem. Informational Essay Writing: The Solar System Grades 3-4 Compiling scientific information from NASA into an entertaining and readable research packet for 3rd-4th graders, we created a document, which will serve as a primary source for students as they research a planet in the solar system. In order to arm the students for further research online or in a library, we have also included certain pages in this packet that come from unreliable sources or contain opinions instead of facts. The first day is centered around a treasure hunt in the packet to find which pages are unreliable (and should be crossed out), leading into a lesson about how to find good sources in general when doing research. From there the students will spend the residency creating well-organized essays that are not only informative but hold the reader’s attention with precise and vivid vocabulary and imagery.

Narrative Writing Essentials Grades 3-5 This workshop is designed to support a variety of essential narrative writing skills that are studied in upper elementary grades. The first day begins with a dramatic explanation of the importance of “showing, not telling,” which is a concept students will come back to again and again throughout the residency. From there students will create characters and study how to effectively use a variety of sequencing words to precisely manage the events of the story as their characters try multiple solutions to solve a problem. Using all of these techniques together, students will then plan out an increasingly exciting flow of rising action followed by a satisfying conclusion. Persuasive Essays Grades 3-5 We collaborate with teachers and administrators to choose a persuasive writing topic in which students will take sides on issues they have been studying or that the teachers think students would most benefit from writing about. We provide scaffolding to students for writing a very traditional five paragraph persuasive essay, including writing a strong introduction, selecting good arguments, using transition words and finishing with a strong conclusion. Comedy Story Writing Grades 4-5 In this unique, signature workshop, we pair up an experienced teaching artist with a hilarious improv comedian and teach the students the principles of writing a good comedy story. Creating a strong comedy story requires crafting detailed characters and settings, choosing vocabulary precisely, writing in a strong comedic “voice” and following a highly organized story structure. Mystery Stories and the Art of Inference Grades 4-5 Students create detectives, explore how to set up a mystery and learn the subtle art of backward planning to plant clues in a narrative that point towards a particular culprit. Since a mystery story requires readers to make inferences about the solution to the mystery, students will also need to practice using their own inference skills in a variety of warm-up activities and short readings designed to prepare them to plan out clues effectively in their own stories.

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