About This Program
Wonderfully Ridiculous Letter Stories: Using Creative Writing and Storytelling to Improve Literacy
With adventures, comic characters, and mishaps, silly letter stories are a perfect genre for encouraging students’ language development. Wonderfully Ridiculous Letter Stories: Using Creative Writing and Storytelling to Improve Literacy helps students recognize different phonetic sounds while discovering how to write a short story. Depending on the grade level of the students, teachers decide what sounds the children need to explore. Together, the class writes and dramatizes a story using a word containing the target sound in every sentence. Arianna guides students as they write and perform their own creative stories.
Typically, residencies range from $2,000 to $3,000, but we can use your available budget and ‘work backwards’ to create a cost-effective residency for your school. We may be able to assist you in securing grant and funding opportunities.
Residencies are tailored to your needs but usually include:
- A kick-off assembly
- A required orientation meeting and planning session
- A set of workshops for classes of up to 25 students each
- A student culminating or sharing event
- An evaluation meeting
For a rough estimate, residency prices include:
- Artist assembly (see artist’s page for pricing)
- A set of workshops ($100 each)
- A required orientation meeting and planning session ($100 each)
- An evaluation meeting ($100)
- Mileage and supply costs depend on artist location and the residency chosen.
"Arianna’s use of humor, art, music, movement, and literature involved all of our students. The variety ways that students participated in the storytelling engaged their imaginations and strengthened their listening skills."
"Arianna brings the perfect amount of scholarship, art, and fun that inspires all students to achieve great things. They are so proud of their final products, and they should be!"
"Watching the children put all their energy into a drama was so perfect! They were able to truly show their emotions."