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Bob Sander

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Bob Sander, based in Indianapolis, specializes in the art of storytelling. A practitioner since the early 1980s, he has been been working with students through Arts For Learning for more than 20 years. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Indiana University, where he studied under the writer Scott Sanders. When working with students, Bob tells folktales, personal and family stories, literary and historical tales, and presents workshops and residencies on a variety of story-related topics. Bob has been the recipient of the Frank Basile Emerging Stories Grant and the Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Grant, and he spent 13 years as the resident storyteller for the Indianapolis Museum of Art. “I think regular exposure to storytelling is a powerful way to open up and understand many other areas of curriculum,” Bob said. “It’s a tool to deepen students’ appreciation for other cultures, and it is a means to broaden students’ understanding of themselves.” To learn more about Bob, visit his website.

Programs

Getting Personal: Life Stories from the Great Outdoors

Residency

This workshop provides an opportunity to remember, focus, assemble, then present with clarity and force a personal narrative about our own outdoor experience(s). Using modeling by the presenter, student stories will join the genre of Nature writers that includes Aldo Leopold, John Muir, Rachel Carson, and Henry David Thoreau. The students will work in pairs in the creation process and present individually in front of the class and gather feedback from peers.

This program meets standards in Environmental
  • Grades: 3-5
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30

5-day: Call for pricing.

Planting Hope – Storytelling and the Environment

Performance

What happens when you take a moment and think about the world around you?  In this performance a storyteller remembers a trip he took, an unforgettable character he met, and a story he heard — all of whom open his eyes to the intricate web of the natural world.

This program meets standards in Environmental
  • Grades: 3-56-89-12
  • Length: 60 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $451 Double: $575

When Worlds Collide: William Henry Harrison & Tecumseh

Performance

Students will discover the radically different perspectives of Native Peoples and pioneer settlers who collided in the early years of American history. The cultures of William Henry Harrison and Tecumseh are displayed through folklore, games, and music. A study guide is available.

This program meets standards in Indiana History Native American Culture Social Studies U.S. History & Culture
  • Grades: 3-56-89-12
  • Length: 90 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $451

Tell it Write

Residency

Five visits with a storyteller. Students create stories from their own life experiences to complete both a written and spoken presentation.

This program meets standards in Communication Creative Writing Critical Thinking Flexible Themes Language Arts Life Skills Listening & Speaking
  • Grades: 3-56-8
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30

5-day: $488

Hero Journey: Re-scripting Life Experiences Through Hero Stories

Residency

Five visits with a storyteller combining students’ personal stories and hero folktales. Emphasis on the elements of stories and partner exercises.

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Communication Creative Writing Critical Thinking Language Arts Life Skills Listening & Speaking
  • Grades: 3-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300

5-day: $688

Lifting Together: Building Strong Writers Through Storytelling Collaborations

Teacher Training

Good writing is built on strong storytelling skills. Teachers of grades 3-7 learn a collaborative approach that enables their students to be confident writers. By experiencing both the roles of student/storyteller and teacher/facilitator, they gain a new insight on how their students can “lift together” to turn basic story elements into new creations.

*Developed in collaboration with the Kennedy Centers Partners in Education Program at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Communication Creative Writing Critical Thinking Language Arts Life Skills Listening & Speaking
  • Grades: 3-56-8Educators
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300

Three-hour workshop: $576

Tell Your Own Story

Workshop

After learning about the elements of story, students will practice telling their personal and family stories with a partner. A companion workshop to the performance “Life is a Story”.

This program meets standards in Communication Flexible Themes Language Arts Life Skills Listening & Speaking
  • Grades: K-23-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30
Single: $85 Multiple: $75

World Folktales

Performance

Students will be engaged in an interactive program of folktales from around the world. Guitar music is woven into these attention-capturing tales. Bob can tailor the stories to the countries your students are studying.

This program meets standards in Language Arts Listening & Speaking Social Studies World History & Culture
  • Grades: K-23-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $451 Double: $575

Tell Your Own Story

Performance

Students will hear engaging family and personal stories meant to inspire students to research and collect their own stories. This performance is a companion to the workshop “Tell Your Story.”

This program meets standards in Language Arts Listening & Speaking
  • Grades: K-23-56-8
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30
Single: $451 Double: $575

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