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Tales with Tails Storytelling Programs by Kevin Strauss

Keywords: elementary school, middle school, high school, classroom behavior

ABSTRACT

Award-winning artist, children's author and storyteller Kevin Strauss has programs to help you learn about the environment, prevent bullying, enhance critical thinking skills, inspire readers and improve writing skills at your school. His programs include:

Nature Story Programs

  • Northwoods Animal Tales
  • Stories From the Bird World
  • Round River Ecology Stories
Tales That Teach Programs
  • Bully Blockers (bully prevention)
  • Choose Well (drug use prevention)
  • Your Character Counts! (character education)
  • Creative Writing Skills/Author Visit
  • Around the World With Stories (multicultural folktales)
Workshops
  • Introduction To Storytelling
  • Finding and Telling Environmental Education Stories
  • Creative Story Writing
  • Sparking Student Creativity

Strauss also received a Brimstone Award from the National Storytelling Network for a project called "Environmental Storytelling for Schools and Nature Centers."

This project has four components:

1. Using an existing definition of an "environmental story" Strauss worked with storytellers to compile a list of effective stories that teach about the natural world and provide lessons about caring for our environment. This list was used in the later educational portions of the project.

2. Developed a demonstration model of how to develop new environmental stories from natural history events or environmental issues.

3. Developed a training manual that will help naturalists and science teachers use more storytelling in their work.

4. Trained environmental educators and teachers to more effectively tell stories in the classroom through conference presentations.

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