StoriesLive®-6: Starts tomorrow

StoriesLive® in 6th year of storytelling in
area high schools

Over 7,000 Greater Boston high school students have learned to tell compelling personal narratives, live, without notes or props using the StoriesLive® curriculum.  Starting this fall, StoriesLive® will continue, fueled by several STARs grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. We also will be administered as a project independent from massmouth,inc.. For bookings in Massachusetts contact: Gail Zarren at: Young Audiences of Massachusetts

STARS Residencies (Students and Teachers Working with Artists, Scientists, and Scholars) provide grants of $500-$5,000 to schools to support creative learning residencies of three days or more in the arts, sciences, and humanities. They are an important part of the MCC's Creative Youth Initiative. Through the STARS program the MCC recognizes the vital role that creative learning in the arts, sciences, and humanities plays in the successful education of young people. Cultural partners - teaching artists, scientists, scholars, and cultural organizations - help schools bring creative learning to students, both in and outside the classroom.

So far, we have 4 schools participating in our program and all 4 have received MCC STARs residency grants:  Ms. Sadada Jackson invited us to work with her 8th and 9th grades at Dearborn STEM Academy in Boston. They will start the 6th season on November 10th 2015. We'll revisit Chelsea High, and their ELL Bridge Program in March 2016, East Somerville Community School 7th grades will rejoin and several classes in Worcester's South Community High participate in February of 2016.

This year the story prompts are very much like last year's with one new addition: Problem Solved!  *♦ Where I Am From:  Some students have a background, interest, talent or story* that is so central to their identity that they believe their identity would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. *♦ Epic Fail:  Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure.  How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn? (*Learned the Hard Way)   *♦ Says Who? Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.  Could be a world view or an individual belief. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again? *♦ Problem Solved:  Describe a situation or time you had a problem and you found a solution.  Could be interpersonal, could be an invention, could be any kind of problem. What steps did you take and and why is it meaningful to you? ♦ Rite of Passage: Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or in your family. Or in your own understanding. ♦ The First Time Tell us about your first best friend.  Do you remember moving into a new neighborhood … a new house?  Do you remember your first bicycle?  First airplane ride?  First date?  First time you ever went to the ER? First great moment playing on a sport or other team?  First time at or in a live performance? The first time you realized you were mortal? ♦ Lost & Found: Have you ever been totally lost?  Did you ever lose your keys or something really important? Did you lose your heart to someone?  Did you ever lose a pet?  Did you ever find something in an unexpected way?  Has someone found you? Ever lost faith? Lost hope? Found hope?  This is last one is an alternative - request permission from instructor…
Up the Family Tree: Where is your family from?  Any famous people?  Any infamous people?  Do you remember a special holiday?  Do you have a story about you and your siblings?  Is there something special about your parents, siblings, or a close relative?  Has a story about your grandmother/grandfather, or aunt/uncle made an impact?  Do you have a special family tradition?