The Power of Story (Interact Live November 14, 2019)

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Join us November 14 to celebrate “The Power of Story” with authors, poets, historians, and actors as they discuss the joys, frustrations, hard work, and reward of bringing stories to life.  Ask your questions and interact live as our guests share fictional stories created in the mind and on the page and historical stories brought to life in biographies or recreated in first person performance.  Participate for FREE.

Below please find our current roster of programs for the dayMore programs will be added soon.  To sign up for any program, just click on the sign up link included with the program description.

8:30 to 9:00 a.m. Central Time
The Power of Story in a Short Story–Ron Austin, author and winner of the 2017 Nilsen Prize
Grades: 9-12
Ron Austin’s Nilsen Prize winning debut collection of short stories, “Avery Colt is a Snake, a Thief, and a Liar,” will be published in October 2019.  Be part of the conversation as he reads selections from his work and answers student questions about where his story ideas come from, his process as a writer, and related topics.  To learn more about Mr. Austin, check out his website at https://www.ronaustin.com.

More program details will be available no later than September 30.  To enroll:  Click here to complete the form.

9:30 to 10:00 a.m. Central Time
Grades: 5-10
The Power of Story in a Play–Eric Coble, playwright and Julia Flood, theatre director
What does it take to write a play? Where do ideas come from? And once those ideas get down on paper, how do they come to life in a theatre the first time the story is produced on a stage? Pursue answers to those questions and more as you interact with playwright Eric Coble and theatre director Julia Flood who this fall are bringing to life the powerful story of Mr. Coble’s newest play for young audiences, “The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus.”

Additional program details are available in Teacher Tool 745 below.   To enroll:  Click here to complete the form.

10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Central Time
Grades: 7-12
The Power of Story in a Biography–George Leopold, author of “Calculated Risk:  The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom”
George Leopold is a veteran technology journalist and science writer who has covered the nexus between technology and policy for over thirty years.  Leopold has written extensively about U.S. manned spaceflight, including the Apollo and space shuttle programs.  His work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Scientist, and a variety of other science and technology publications.  This program will focus on the power of the story of his recently published biography of pioneering astronaut Gus Grissom.

More program details will be available no later than September 30.  To enroll:  Click here to complete the form.

11:30 a.m. to Noon Central Time
Grades: 7-12
The Power of Story:  Be Inspired–Don Russell, USAAF veteran
World War II veteran Don Russell joins us to share his story of service and sacrifice and to inspire students to write stories from information they learn in the interview.

More program details will be available no later than September 30.  To enroll:  Click here to complete the form.

1:00 to 1:30 p.m. Central Time
Grades: 4-8
The Power of Story in Historical Re-enactment–Stan Prater, General Grant re-enactor
What is the process to take your historic research and use that information to inhabit a figure from history?  Explore that question and more as you interact with Stan Prater of the 8th Missouri US Re-enactors in his role as General Ulysses S. Grant.  In the first part of the program, Mr. Prater will interact with students and answer their questions in the persona of General Grant.  For the program’s second part, students will be able to talk with Mr. Prater directly about his research and writing process.

Additional program details are available in Teacher Tool 736 below.  To enroll:  Click here to complete the form.

2:45 to 3:15 p.m. Central Time
Grades: 4-8
The Power of Story in First Person Performance–Glynis Brooks, Actress, “Harriet Tubman:  An American Hero”
In her one woman play “Harriet Tubman: An American Hero,” Glynis Brooks brings to life one of the most important figures in American history.  Join us to interact with Glynis as Harriet Tubman and also Glynis as writer and actress.  See an excerpt from the play.  Ask your questions of Harriet Tubman about her life.  Ask your questions of Glynis about what it took to create the play.  How do you decide what events to include and what to leave out?  How do you create a mood and persona that honors the legacy of such an historic American?  Join us November 14 to ask those questions and more.  View excerpts from her performance and learn more about Glynis in our Educate.Today video, Theatre 105:  Glynis Brooks–Harriet Tubman: An American Hero.

Additional program details are available in Teacher Tool 735 below.   To enroll:  Click here to complete the form.

Teacher Tools

Teacher Tool 735: Program Guide for The Power of Story with Glynis Brooks

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Teacher Tool 736: Program Guide for The Power of Story with Stan Prater

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Teacher Tool 745: Program Guide for The Power of Story in a Play

Download this document to find more information about our November 14, 2019 live program "The Power of Story in a Play." Included is the following: program description, program objectives, program format, pre-program activity suggestions, supplemental website resources related to the program, and national standards related to the program.

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