Build A Story Residency

Type: Residency
Art Form: Storytelling
Grade Level: PreK-3
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In this community-building residency program, students learn the elements of story structure and build their telling skills, as Andrea guides them to perform personal narratives in front of an audience. Beginning with familiar stories and fables, students use open-ended questions and mapping to identify and pick apart the fundamental elements of a story—characters, setting, and outcomes. They then work collectively to change these elements, and build their own story as a class. Using this story as a script,

Andrea guides students to discover its natural rhythms, and identify opportunities for audience participation. Students perform their new story from beginning to end as a culminating event for the residency. Workshop subjects and lengths can be modified for individual schools to meet their needs or focus. 

REMOTE LEARNING ADAPATION: Full residencies available remotely online, in addition to:

Roots, Shoots, and Branches One-Session Workshop
Children of all ages can learn to tell and enjoy family stories. Using age-appropriate prompts, Lovett will work the magic of telling personal stories into a lesson plan.  Students will engage in fun activities and games to find just the right story to tell, then learn basic storytelling skills and how to scaffold a story into a tellable tale. Andrea will share mini family stories from her own life, like the time her family thought they lost their dog and the whole neighborhood turned out to search--only to find him taking an afternoon nap under the back porch. Students will have an opportunity to share their stories in breakout rooms, and as time allows, again when they return to the main room on zoom. Students will leave with a story to tell and a sense of accomplishment. Extension activities and follow up worksheets are offered pre and post workshop.

Length: 45-60 Minutes
Participant Limit: 30 Students
Curriculum Connection: Mass Curriculum Frameworks for English Language Arts and Literacy speaking and Listening Standards Pre-K–5 9 (R.L 1.1 & R.L 1.3): Students will be able to tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details and speak in audibly and coherent sentences.

Remote Stand Alone Workshop: $225

$525 for 3 workshops/day

  • For a full residency, a minimum of 3 contacts with each class culminating in a sharable project, is recommended.
  • Schools must schedule at least three workshops in a single day
  • Schools preferring a more introductory residency can schedule a total of one introductory skills workshop for each of their classes with no culminating event.
  • Planning fee will be based upon scope of residency
  • Pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Travel Fee: based upon National Standard Mileage Rate (Business)

Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts

Remote (live online)
School sets up link for remote meeting and makes the artist a co-host. Screen share must be enabled, however please turn off ‘annotation’ feature. Artist may need to sign on 20-30 minutes prior to the meeting to check sound levels. A representative from the school must be on the call and mute students as needed. Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.

Handouts and activity sheets copied as needed for classes.

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