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Bringing ELA to Life: Arts Integration for Character Creation with Story Pirates

About This Webinar

Teachers will explore techniques to help students create engaging characters that leap off the page. We’ll explore everything from the broad strokes of creating new characters, to fun methods of “showing not telling” characters with concrete details, to a mini-lesson on quotation mark placement for character dialogue that students will enjoy! All of this will be supported by arts-integrated techniques that will heighten student engagement, but which will feel natural and comfortable for educators, and fit easily within their usual teaching practice.

The Story Pirates believe that kids are creative geniuses. All of them.

Story Pirates is a family media company that produces and creates content inspired by kids to inspire kids and their imaginations. They are best known for their multi-award-winning, top-downloaded family podcast, the Story Pirates Podcast, which takes stories submitted by kids and turns them into sketch comedy and songs. They’ve released critically acclaimed middle grade books with Random House Children’s Books and several award-winning albums, all based on ideas from kids around the world. These songs and sketches are often performed on the podcast or their albums by artists and celebrities like Kristen Bell, John Oliver, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sara Bareilles, Seth Myers and many more. In partnership with their non-profit arm, Story Pirates Changemakers, they produce Story Pirates Presents: SPTV which is currently in its second season airing on public television in various cities. Story Pirates produced the first Looney Tunes podcast for Warner Brothers Animation, Bugs and Daffy’s Thanksgiving Road Trip.

  • Bringing character personality to life
  • Bringing character physical traits to life
  • Bringing character voices to life
  • Quotation mark placement mini lesson
  • Putting it all together
Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter
Associate Education Director for Story Pirates
Sherry Layne is the Associate Education Director for Story Pirates, managing in-school and virtual educational programs as well as writing, directing, and hosting the educational video segments showcased in Story Pirates’ award-winning television series SPTV (airing nationally on select PBS stations). Sherry is a Los Angeles-based children’s arts educator and entertainer with an M.A. in Educational Psychology. She has over 15 years of experience integrating her eclectic arts background with curriculum writing for preschool, TK-12, and adult students.
Webinar hosting presenter
Art Manager at Seesaw
Camilla Franklin is the Art Manager for Seesaw's Curriculum Team, where she illustrates new lessons and develops arts education programming. A Seattle-based artist and illustrator who doodled as a kid and never grew out of it, she also uses drawing and performance to empower student storytelling with the Story Pirates and the Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas.
Webinar hosting presenter
Professional Development and Training Project Specialist @ Seesaw
Erin Patz is a Professional Development Project Specialist at Seesaw. Prior to working at Seesaw, Erin was a K-2 educator, coach, and mentor teacher for 9 years in Chicago Public Schools. Her interests include early childhood education, play-based learning, and utilizing technology in developmentally appropriate and fun ways with all learners.
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