Story Weaving

Story Weaving

David Novak introduces the use of string figures in oral cultures including African, Native American, Polynesian, Asian, and European. Students participate in developing a story with shoestrings, requiring teamwork, experimentation, refining and presenting. The residency culminates in a public presentation of student work. CURRICULUM STANDARDS: 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Information Skills competency 1.01 – Participate in read-aloud, storytelling, book talking, and silent and voluntary reading experiences. Information Skills competency 5.01 – Respond to reading, listening, viewing experiences orally, artistically, dramatically, through various formats. 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Speaking & Listening Skills competency: 1. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. 6. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when appropriate.

Both in-person and virtual (live and pre-recorded) options are available for this program.


Artist Background

David Novak tells stories to enhance learning, engage emotion, and find common ground. A performing and teaching artist with the Wolf Trap Institute, Lincoln Center Institute, L.A. Music Center, festivals and institutes across the nation. David’s tours abroad include New Zealand, Asia, and the Czech Republic. A Master Storyteller for The Disney Institute, he was awarded the Circle of Excel- lence from the National Storytelling Network, and is often featured at the National Storytelling Festival. His background is in arts education, theatre, and creative writing. David is a published author and re- cording artist, living in Asheville, NC.


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