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Marcia Donovan Storyteller

Contact Name: Marcia Donovan

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Phone: (931) 319-3803

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  • Reading Day Celebration Moore Elementary Magnet School Clarksville, TN

“Bye bye Houston!” was Marcia’s first story at the age of 9 months…and she’s been telling stories ever since! With voice, guitar and unique percussion instruments Marcia blends music and story for a fresh look at the world. Audiences sing and sign, try out words from other languages, play exotic instruments, and help in the telling. Audiences demonstrate developing skills of language arts, social studies, history and music standards. Workshop participants play theater games and engage in interactive and hands-on activities for mastery of storytelling arts standards and cross-curricular standards through storytelling.

Marcia has been a professional storyteller since 1984 and the Putnam County Library Storyteller since 1988. She holds Tennessee K-3 certification, has a Masters in Early Childhood Education and has 15 years pre-school and remedial teaching experience. Marcia is a member of the Volunteer State Tellers (formerly TSA/NAPPS) and the National Storytelling Network (NSN). She has been a TAC Roster Artist since 1993 and was Artist in Residence in Putnam County fourth grades 1993-2002 and with Pacesetters developmentally disabled adults 2000-2015.

Marcia has performed at Moore Magnet School Clarksville Annual Reading Celebration, Rugby Ghostly Gathering, Fiddlers Grove Storytelling Festival in Lebanon, Nashville Boo at the Tenn. State Museum in Nashville, Cookeville Storyfest in the Park, Cookeville Fall Fun Fest, and Cookeville History Museum Boogers Haints and Haunts. Themed Arts Appreciation performances adaptable for all ages include: Unlikely Heroes of Cherokee Legends, Biography Ballads, Wiley Coyote, Original Spiderman, Backyard Ghosts (10 and up), Born on a Mountaintop, Sittin’ Down to Share, Gung Hay Fat Choy, Boo to You, Workin on the Railroad, Hats Off, Luck of the Irish, Happy Birthday Mother Earth, Gone Fishin, It’s in the Stars.

Marcia has presented storytelling workshops, professional development, teacher inservice, and residencies in Putnam County and other Tennessee schools, at Tennessee Storytelling Association conferences, Governor’s Academy for Teachers of Writing and at Putnam County Library. Arts Curriculum workshops adaptable for students, teachers, and community include: yearlong Kids Tell Stories (includes Kids Tell Folktales, Kids Write History, Kids Tell History), Round the World: Let’s Tell Folktales and Fables, Tell It: Performance Games to Teach Storytelling, Create a Story, Let’s Tell Family Stories, Take Off with Mother Goose, What on Earth: Environmental Concepts across the Curriculum through Storytelling.

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Program Title: Iktomi and the Boulder

Program Type: Arts Integration

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Program Title: The Milky Way

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

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Students who attend the Storytelling Concert “The Milky Way,” explore how Storytelling is both artistic entertainment and a communication tool. This Lesson Plan is one in the series “Unlikely Heroes in Cherokee Legends: The Milky Way, Possum, Groundhog..” Other Concert Series include: “Anansi the Original Spiderman” and “Ballads of Historical Characters (Casey Jones, Davy Crockett)”.

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Program Title: I lost my Homework

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

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This lesson, “I lost my Homework,” is set of hands-on voice activities and performance games from “Kids Tell Stories,” a program for exploration and development of performance techniques in preparation for storytelling by students at a public venue. These activities explore how Voice communicates meaning in Storytelling. Other Programs include: “Kids Write History” and “Kids Tell History.” Freestanding, or combine all three for a yearlong “Teaching Students to be Storytellers.” A Professional Development adaptation of these Programs, “Teaching Storytelling through Performance Games”, is also available.

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Program Title: Finding, Creating and Using Stories

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

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This is the Story Creation activity in the “Finding, Creating and Using Stories” program. Participants (Students, Teachers, Community Children and Adults) discuss uses of storytelling, listen to story told by storyteller, learn to tell story using Story Map, create and tell a group story, use checklist to observe and monitor performance. Other Programs include: “Telling Family Stories” and “Let’s Tell Folktales and Fables.”

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