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  • “Who Are You?” by e.e. cummings

    Bonnie Maurer

    21st Century Skills Communication Creative Writing Critical Thinking Language Arts Life Skills Listening & Speaking Poetry Reading

    Students will study the poet e.e. cummings and his fun loving play with words: mOOn, for example. Students will learn about his children’s poem, “Who are you,” and create a portrait-poem of a family member in the spirit of the poet. This workshop can be used to write about insects and animals as well.

    • Grades: K-2
    • Length: 45 min
    • Audience Limit: 30
    Single: $85 Multiple: $75
  • Arts for Learning Lessons

    AFL Signature Residencies

    21st Century Skills Communication Creative Writing Critical Thinking Language Arts Life Skills Listening & Speaking Poetry Reading Teamwork

    This ground-breaking literacy curriculum blends the creativity and discipline of the arts with cutting-edge learning science to raise student achievement in reading and writing.

    Unit 1: Character Clues in Action! tableau & point of view

    Unit 2: Graphic Story Adventures graphic novel & visualization

    Unit 3: Everyday Heroes collage & synthesizing

    Unit 4: Planting a Community music & inference

    Unit 5: Words in Motion poetry, dance, & vocabulary

    These Units are designed for teachers with little or no arts experience or background. Anyone can learn these dynamic artsintegration techniques!

    *National program developed in collaboration by the University of Washington and Young Audiences, Inc.

    • Grades: K-23-5Educators
    • Length: 180 min
    • Audience Limit: 300

    Three-hour workshop, 25 teacher limit, starting at: $563

  • Book of Leaves/Book of Mugs

    Back to Back Bonnies

    21st Century Skills Creative Writing Critical Thinking Language Arts Life Skills Poetry

    Choose an imaginative way to introduce nature to your students through poetry and a hanging book of leaves. For the winter months, students will create a hanging book of hot chocolate mugs instead of leaves and write odes to the winter season.

    • Grades: 3-5
    • Length: 60 min
    • Audience Limit: 30
    Single: $188

    (includes 2 one-hour workshops) Materials: $10 per classroom

  • Choose Your Own Poetry Workshop

    Bonnie Maurer

    21st Century Skills Communication Creative Writing Critical Thinking Flexible Themes Language Arts Life Skills Listening & Speaking Poetry Reading Teamwork

    Students will create original poems on their own or as a class. You can choose one of these popular topics –

    • Friendship
    • Odes and Observation
    • Feelings about yourself
    • Friendly Letter Format
    • Nature
    • Written Portraits
    • Unlocking Imagination
    • Poetry Cards & Games

    Or meet with Bonnie to create a workshop based on your curriculum.

    • Grades: K-23-56-89-12
    • Length: 45 min
    • Audience Limit: 30
    Single: $85 Multiple: $75
  • Come and Be My Friend

    Bonnie Maurer

    21st Century Skills Communication Creative Writing Critical Thinking Language Arts Life Skills Listening & Speaking Poetry Reading

    At every age friendship is a topic of concern to us. What kind of friend are you? What would you include in your oath of friendship? What do you wish for you and your friend? How would you invite a friend to come be your friend? We will Read ancient and modern poems inspired by these questions as well as discuss some of the techniques poets use. Students will compose a friendship poem of their own.

    • Grades: K-23-5
    • Length: 45 min
    • Audience Limit: 30
    Single: $85 Multiple: $75
  • Graphic Novel Illustration

    Jingo M. de La Rosa

    Communication Creative Writing

    Students will learn many of the components of creating a graphic novel including story and character creation, panels, perspective and speech. Students will take stories they know or a topic chosen by the teacher and create several pages of a graphic novel either in small groups or independently.

    • Grades: 6-89-12
    • Length: 45 min
    • Audience Limit: 30
    Subsequent: $438 Materials: $20 per class

    5 days long for full residency

  • Here is My Magic Key

    Bonnie Maurer

    21st Century Skills Communication Creative Writing Language Arts Life Skills Listening & Speaking Poetry Reading

    My basket of keys open an attic, a castle door, another dimension and more. Students litterally hold the key to their imagination in the palms of their hands with this writing workshop. We explore the possibilities of these magic keys, focus on the senses in creating a story or poem together by the class, then students make up their own. “My key opens a haunted house. Beware. Take my key if you dare.” As we read, we pass the key –the gift of our imaginations– along.

    • Grades: K-23-5
    • Length: 45 min
    • Audience Limit: 30
    Single: $85 Multiple: $75
  • Lifting Together: Building Strong Writers Through Storytelling Collaborations

    Bob Sander

    21st Century Skills Communication Creative Writing Critical Thinking Language Arts Life Skills Listening & Speaking

    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.

    • Grades: 3-56-8Educators
    • Length: 184 min
    • Audience Limit: 300

    Three-hour workshop: $576