"Having you as our speaker/performer was a wonderful addition to our first History Night. Each of the history teachers came by in the days that followed to express their pleasure in listening to your stories... Thanks for making stories come alive for our students and parents!"

Donna R. Klimczyk,
8th Grade US History,
Kitty Hawk Middle School

What a Day of Stories might look like at your Middle School

Middle School programming is thematic, so I meet with all the classes of one grade in one day, usually in the library. A class period is just right for three or four stories.


Sixth Grade, based on social studies theme:
“Stories from World Cultures”

Each period might include an assortment of stories such as La Llorona (Borderlands), Cowherd and Weaving Maid (China), The Man Who Had No Story (Ireland), Elizer the Miser and Yankeleh the Schnorr (Jewish, Northern Europe), The Fly (Vietnam), Theft of Smell (France), Scheherazade/Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Persia/Iran), The Trumpeter of Krakow (Poland), Hodja Stories (Turkey, Middle East), The Peddler of Swaffam (England), Vasalisa the Fair (Russia), Anansi and Tiger (Ashanti), The Flea (Spain) Stories from the Panchatantra (India)...


Seventh Grade, based on social studies theme:
“Texas Tales”

Why Rustlers Never Win (a literary tale by Henry Gregor Felson), La Llorona, Godmother Death, (collected by J. Frank Dobie), Old Dry Fry, Mr. Death and the Red-Headed Woman (a literary tale by Helen Eustiss), A Chaparral Christmas Gift (O. Henry), Legend of the Vine (Alamo Christmas Legend), The Wicked Snake, The Woman in the Gray Taffeta Dress, Miss Annie...


Mary Grace tellsEighth Grade: Oral Literature for YA's

Meeting with students through their Language Arts or Literature classes, I draw from folk and fairy tales with themes of fear, horror, and love, maybe some humor after they trust me! Two to three stories fill a class period.

Tam Lin and Janet, Godmother Death, Pretty Maid Ibronka, La Llorona, The Black Prince, Scheherazade's Thousand and One Arabian Nights/Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Katya and the Devil, Mr. Fox and Lady Mary, Mr. Death and the Red-Headed Woman, Chantecleer and the Fox (Geoffrey Chaucer), The Wounded Selkie, ...


Texas Commission on the ArtsMary Grace is part of the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster.  Support may be available to assist with booking fees through the Cultural Connections Performance Support grant application.

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