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During each residency, a CAT actor/teacher visited the site once a week and led four different 40-minute interactive storytelling lessons with students. They included:

Snip and the Interrupted Breakfast by the Creative Arts Team staff In the Land of Letters, Snip is an elf who fixes broken books and letters. His breakfast is interrupted by a group of children who are upset because their favorite book has been damaged. A story about love of language and the importance of treating books well.

No Dinner! by Jessica Soulhami Reminiscent of the classic tale, “Little Red Riding Hood,” a quick-thinking grandmother outwits several beasts while traveling to visit her granddaughter. The granddaughter’s clever idea almost gets her grandmother home safely, but ultimately the “crafty, crafty, crafty” grandmother is the one who rescues herself.

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes A story about a hungry young kitten who believes the moon is a bowl of milk and her misadventures as she tries to reach it. A story about youth, determination, and knowing when it’s time to go home.

Otis by Jane Bynum Otis is a very neat and clean pig with a very sloppy family. The story explores the challenge of contrasting personas, the pull to fit in and yet still be true to yourself and the delights you can find when you’re willing to overturn preconceived notions.

Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson A story which follows a bear waking up from a long winter’s hibernation. Ravenous, his animal friends guide him to delicious foods but, for some reason, won’t stay to join this polite bear in feasting. An exploration of the seasons and the subtleties of friendship.

Each session was designed to highlight the skills and techniques the teachers had developed during the CAT professional development workshops: storytelling, student- centered questioning, and re-incorporation of student answers to make the storytelling a shared, whole-group experience.

2011-12 Final Report CAT - NYC DOE OECE – Interactive Storytelling Professional Development

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