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Michigan Humanities Arts and Humanities Touring Directory
Call: 517-372-7770
or visit their website:
michiganhumanities.org

You are a delightful storyteller who hits the mark with Middle School students. Definitely a “10” at our school.

Geri Ceremuga,
Media School
Page Middle School

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I found your storytelling so delightful and creative. You have a way of bringing stories alive.

Ginny Peltier, Supervisor Children’s Services
East Detroit Public Schools

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Judy Sima squeaks like a door hinge, coos like a baby, wiggles her arms around like a snake and makes skeletons dance. Judy doesn’t just tell stories she performs them. Her face changes like an actor’s; her body is in constant motion like a dancer. By the time her program ended, the teachers were as enthralled as the students.

Clayton T. Matthews,
Director of Communications
Country Day Schools

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What a perfect learning experience for our (5th grade storytellers) and one they will remember! Over and over they said that YOU were the best thing about the whole experience.

Sheri DeCew
Media Specialist,
Wattles Elem., Troy, MI

Interactive Workshops and Residencies for Young People

  • Storytelling ties directly into Common Core Standards, Benchmarks, and Grade Level Content Expectations.

  • Storytelling increases literacy, stimulates written expression, builds creativity and imagination, instills confidence, and encourages cooperation and collaboration.

  • Storytelling engages Reluctant Learners, English Language Learners, Special Education students, Gifted and Talented students – and everyone else!

  • Storytelling makes learning fun.

  • All workshops and residencies are tailored to meet the needs of your students

 

Newest Workshop!

Telling to Write: First Person Historical Narratives.

History becomes meaningful as students engage in proven storytelling skills and activities to develop stories about important historical figures.

 

Telling to Write: Personal Narratives

Using proven storytelling skills and activities, students develop, edit and begin to write a personal experience story building in dialog, details, sensory and descriptive language.

 

Telling to Write: Bare Bones Folktales and Fables

Using proven storytelling skills and activities, students develop, edit and begin to write their own version of a well known folktale or fable building in dialog, details, sensory and descriptive language.

 

Student Stories Alive

Using Sima’s Six Quick Steps to Storytelling success, students make their own stories come to life in the oral tradition by working on storytelling performance techniques, adding gesture, voice, and facial expression.

 

Scary Storytelling Workshop

Students learn to retell a spooky ghost story and make it their own. Workshop includes discussion of what brings stories to life, what makes them scary. Entertaining exercises help students develop setting and characterization.

 

Early Literacy Skills

Using simple repetitive stories such as “The Tailor” and “Wide Mouth Frog,” children learn skills of retelling, setting, sequencing, and characterization.

 

Campfire Tales

Students create their own version of a scary story building in description, details and sensory language while learning storytelling performance techniques, adding gesture, voice, and facial expression. This workshop is an excellent way to prepare students for a worthwhile camping experience.

 

Photo Tales

Using proven storytelling skills and activities, students develop, edit and begin to write a personal story using a family or personal photograph as a prompt building in setting, dialog, details, sensory and descriptive language.

 

Story Building For Families

Stories and activities guaranteed to create a storytelling tradition in your family.