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Lesson Plans Short Term Residencies (1-2 Class Sessions)

Group Story Writing Grades Pre-K-3 Theater, visual arts and writing come together in this lively, fun, interactive workshop. Students will work as a class to create a simple narrative story, which will be dictated to and guided by our teaching artists. The primary focus will be on reinforcing the basic building blocks of a story, including creating a detailed, original character; introducing a problem and finding exciting, creative solutions to the problem. Group Genre Story Writing Grades 3-5 Designed to provide older elementary students with the basic building blocks for writing in a particular genre, this theatrical,

interactive workshop will involve the whole class writing a genre story together and reflecting on the main elements that make the genre unique. The teaching artists will provide memorable theatrical demonstrations of key points and leave the students with materials to begin working on individual stories after we have left the room. Test Taking Techniques Grades 3-4 This workshop offers a mix of strategies to pump students up for taking big tests, help them find ways to calm down when nervous during a test and techniques for taking tests that will allow students to approach them logically and--incredible as it sounds--even have fun with them!

Long Term Residencies (Semester or Year Long Programs, in Classrooms or After School) Poetry Writing and Performance Grades K-5 Poetry writing is flexible, fun and can be a vehicle for lots of different learning outcomes, depending on the goals of the program. For one thing, poetry writing can be a great place to explore certain literary techniques in a focused and creative manner: whether writing poems featuring simile, metaphor, rhyming, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, etc. students can learn and remember important techniques while making the process feel like a game. Persuasive Techniques and Commercial Writing Grades 3-5 Many of the techniques used in writing persuasive essays can also be used to create effective commercials. Often we do these workshops shortly after the students have already done a persuasive writing unit or shortly before they are about to begin one so that we can reinforce persuasive writing techniques that teachers and administrators most want the students to work on. Comedy Writing and Performance Grades 3-8 Through a combination of dramatic demonstrations in the classroom, listening to comedy skits created by Story Pirates specifically

to model certain comedic concepts and the use of highly structured graphic organizers, students will learn about several different approaches to comedy writing. In addition, students will learn comedic performance techniques, which may include improvisation, theatrical skit performance or the production of audio skits or “podcasts” to take home. The Art of Adaptation for Performance Grades 5-12 Sometimes referred to as “Story Pirates Jr.,” these workshops for middle to high school teach students about the Story Pirates style and method of performance, including reading stories by elementary school students, analyzing the text closely to decide how to perform it, building stories together under the guidance of a Story Pirates director and then putting on a show at an elementary school featuring these stories. Other Arts Enrichment Topics Grades K-5 We have taught a wide range of other fun, arts enrichment after school residencies on a variety of different topics. More information is available upon request.

Specialized Topics We have also taught workshops on a variety of other academic topics, including science, social studies and a variety of specialized topics related to reading, writing and language standards. If there is a subject area you are interested in Story Pirates working on, there is no subject we won't design lessons for given enough funding for curriculum planning and ideally given collaboration with school staff. These workshops may require additional funding for planning time and curriculum writing for our teaching artists as we tailor these workshops closely to the needs and requests of school administrators and teachers. 16 · May 04, 2015

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