Name: Susan Snyder
Services Available: Session and Workshop
Title and Description of Service: Gifts from Nine Rubies: A Springboard to Storytelling and Cultural Conversations
This session uses the riveting book Nine Rubies: Broken Silence of a daughter ofrevolutionary Iran, by Mahru Ghashghaei and Susan Snyder, as a springboard for (1) oral history discussions and technique, (2) discussions about coming of age, cultural differences, friendship, prejudice, and current events; and (3) autobiographical writing (optional). Susan Snyder shares two powerful, related stories: the story of Nine Rubies, as well as the story of how the book was developed. Participants are drawn into the story, then engage in activities such as question and answer with the authors, discussion on a pre-determined topic, or active story telling of personal memories. This session is tailored to the specific group, and is effective in libraries, book groups, organizations working to improve relationships and tolerance, world culture or literature/writing classes (10th grade and up).
Mahru Ghashghaei can join the conversation by Skype or in person (with adequate bandwidth and/or funding).
2. Educational Goals of Service:
To provide an author presentation of the book Nine Rubies as a springboard to learning about the coming of age story of an Iranian girl growing up in the period before and during the Iranian revolution, then using the stories as a springboard to explore a range of topics, including the process of oral history collection, the themes of the story (friendship, adversity and resilience, power, women’s issues, Persian culture), and autobiographical writing (optional).
Depending on the audience, the presentation may lead to personal reflection and storytelling, or dialogue designed to build understanding and correct misperceptions about Iranian (Persian) history and culture. An add-on presentation on Iranian Women, Past and Present is also available.
3. Methods Used to Achieve Educational Goals:
Introduction to Nine Rubies and oral history
Conversation between one or both authors, interspersed with selected readings from Nine Rubies on one to four topics
Discussion – Question/Answer
*Optional: Guided discovery and introduction to oral history techniques
Sample session notes and video presentation are available upon request.
Media kit and more at www.ninerubiesthebook.com.
Synopsis and book trailer at https://youtu.be/50TIY5QAlgM
Interview at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKn7Sfz9VhzSACuFYCY_RAA.
4. Indicators of Progress:
Interactions in activities and discussions
Questions to and from the group and individuals
Follow-up indicators of application
5. Assessment Methods:
-6th through 12th Grade
Number of Participants: 6 (min) – 25 (max)
Duration: 1 class for 1-3 hours
Audience/Environment: Juvenile Justice; At-risk; Seniors; Community Based; Afterschool programs; School Based; Out of school camps;
Language Arts: LA.A.1.5; LA.A.1.6; LA.A.1.7; LA.A.2.1; LA.A.2.2; LA.A.3; LA.A.4; LA.A.5; LA.A.6.3
Social Studies: SS.A.1; SS.A.G.1; SS.A.C.1; SS.A.G.6; SS.A.W; SS.A.C
Music: MU.A.H1; MU.A.H2
Theatre: TH.A.O.3; TH.A.H.2; TH.A.H.2.1; TH.A.S.1; TH.A.F.1
Visual Arts: VA.A.H.1; VA.A.C.3
Health Education: HE.A.C.1; HE.A.C.2;
Disciplines: Theatre; Story-telling, Integrated Arts
Fees: $300 for 1 hour
$500 for 3 hours
*Nine Rubies books may be purchased and signed at event.
Title and Description of Service: Early Literacy and the Arts
We love the arts, and find them engaging and motivating. The arts are natural ways to communicate that are wired in from birth. It is logical, then, that we would teach the arts, and use them in our toolbox to develop literacy. This workshop-style session, or series of sessions, introduces participant to the arts (music, visual art, movement/dance and theatre/storytelling) as unique but connected languages; with a goal of understanding how learning in the arts supports literacy. The exact age range and content are flexible and will be mutually agreed upon to meet your needs.
Educational Goals of Service:
To provide engaging and motivating experiences that (1) explore the concept of literacy as communication, (2) identify and provide examples of literacy in the arts - music, visual art, movement/dance and theatre/storytelling - and then (3) connect arts literacies to classroom literacy - speaking, listening, reading, writing and thinking in words. For teachers, providers, parents or classrooms/students.
Methods Used to Achieve Educational Goals:
Scaffolded session structure that sequentially builds skills and understanding.
Hands-on literacy experiences in music, movement/dance, visual art and theatre/storytelling are connected to classroom literature and literacy skills.
Discovery, discussion and reflection grow from hands-on experiences
- Sample session notes and PowerPoint presentation provided for a short workshop. Longer or multi-session workshops available upon request.
Indicators of Progress:
- Participant engagement
- Interactions in activities and discussions
- Questions to and from the group and individuals
- Written action plan
- Follow-up indicators of application
- Session pre-post survey to document learning and attitudinal change
- Multiple session residencies have teacher quality assessments built in action plans
- Follow-up with participants to document in-home or in-classroom use
- Clinician Written Report
Duration: up to 15 classes per week (multiple sessions a day are possible) span of each session to be determined.
Audience/Environment: Juvenile Justice; At-risk; Seniors; Community Based; Afterschool programs; School Based; Out of school camps
Language Arts: LA.A.1.1; LA.A.1.2; LA.A.1.3; LA.A.1.4; LA.A.1.6; LA.A.1.7; LA.A.2; LA.A.3; LA.A.4; LA.A.5; LA.A.6.3
Dance: DA.A.S.1; DA.A.S.2; DA.A.O.2; DA.A.O.3; DA.A.H.1; DA.A.H.3; DA.A.F.1; DA.A.F.3;
Music: MU.A.C.2.1; MU.A.S.2; MU.A.O.1; MU.A.O.3; MU.A.H.1; MU.A.H.3; MU.A.F.1;
Theatre: TH.A.C.1; TH.A.S.1; TH.A.S.2; TH.A.S.3; TH.A.O.1; TH.A.O.2; TH.A.O.3; TH.A.H.3; TH.A.F.1; TH.A.F.3
Visual Arts: VA.A.C.1; VA.A.S.1; VA.A.O.1; VA.A.O.2; VA.A.O.3; VA.A.H.1; VA.A.H.3; VA.A.F.1
Disciplines: Dance; Theatre; Music; Visual Arts; Literacy.
ESOL: Supports English language Leaners
Special Needs: Low-Achieving, autistic, English languages learners, language loss
Mental health: Social-Emotional and behavioral issues, depression