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What Is the Story Arts Challenge?

We are thrilled to share an exciting new storytelling curriculum with you and your students!

This pre-recorded learning experience includes a student-facing mini-series of videos followed by a Q&A featuring Chris Moses, Director of Education and Associate Artistic Director at a Tony Award-winning theatre in Atlanta, the Alliance Theatre! The curriculum and videos are designed for students in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade, though can be used for learners of all ages. It will serve as a powerful way to bring industry professionals and world-class storytelling standards into your classroom.

More About the Curriculum

This learning experience will be useful for teachers who are teaching any of the following:

Story Elements - Plot, Setting, Characters

Conflict & Resolution

Imagery, Metaphors, & Mood

Sequence of Events

Writing Poetry

Rhyming

Narrative Techniques

Editing and Revision

To access this learning experience, you can log onto this Story Arts platform to read the teacher guidance and watch the videos. The curriculum includes flexible modules that take anywhere from 3-4 hours to use in your classroom. This curriculum can be accessed and viewed at any time. And once you’re done with the lessons, we encourage you to share with us your students work to potentially be showcased by Story Arts. 

The live virtual event with Chris Moses was held on March 11th, 2022.  Classrooms can still complete the lessons, and watch the previously recorded event with Chris in Lesson 4.Also, this is the second in a series of eight similar storytelling curricula and events during the school year! Each learning experience will feature an industry professional and will cover topics such as TV screenwriting, how to live emcee an event, storytelling through branding and UX design, and more. For additional information, please subscribe to our newsletter for upcoming Live Events and new courses!

Curriculum

Standards Addressed

Story Elements - Plot, Setting, Characters

Conflict & Resolution

Imagery, Metaphors, & Mood

Sequence of Events

Writing Poetry

Rhyming

Narrative Techniques

Editing and Revision

Introduction

Course Overview
About Your Instructor

Lessons

Lesson 1 -‘Musical theater’ exploration and virtual guest speaker

Lesson 2 - 'Story elements' practice and application

Lesson 3 - Rhyming and song-writing challenge

Lesson 4 - Feedback, writing, and reflection

Additional Teacher Tips and Resources 

Live Recording

Watch a previously live event with the course instructor.

Survey

Course survey and wrap-up

Meet Chris Moses

Chris Moses, Dan Reardon Director of Education/Associate Artistic Director, Alliance Theatre.

Chris has been working in professional theatre education for over 15 years. In January of 2011, Chris took on the position of Director of Education at the Alliance Theatre, overseeing the Alliance Theatre Institute (twice recognized as an Arts Model by the Federal Department of Education), Theatre for Youth & Families, and the Acting Program. Since taking over this position, Chris has quadrupled the education budget and reach, making the Alliance Theatre Education department a vital resource for advancing the civic agenda of Atlanta. This work is accomplished through deep and sustained partnerships with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Atlanta Public School System, Fulton County Public System, the Anti-Defamation League, the YMCA, the City of Atlanta, the Alzheimer’s Foundation, Emory’s Center for Autism, the Children’s Restoration Network, the Latin American Association, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the High Museum of Art. Under his leadership, the Alliance launched its Theatre for the Very Young program, which provides fully interactive professional theatre experiences for children of all abilities from ages 18 months to 5 years old, the Alliance Teen Ensemble, which performs world premier plays commissioned for and about teens, and [email protected], a professional development program designed for the business sector—the latest offering of which uses theatre practice to create a culture of civility in the workplace. In 2014, Chris added the title Associate Artistic Director, and has continued to expand the Alliance’s education offerings. During his tenure in this position, the Alliance has produced over a dozen world premier plays for young audiences, including Pancakes, Pancakes by Ken Lin, The Dancing Granny by Jireh Breon Holder, andMax Makes a Million by Liz Diamond. Currently, the Alliance serves over 100,000 students pre-k – 12 each season, as well as over 2,000 adults through its extensive education offerings. Chris looks forward to leading this department and expanding their continued efforts to provide a national level of theatre and arts education to the Atlanta community.

Chris serves as a board member for TYA/USA, the national service organization for Theatre for Youth, and Working Title Playwrights and is on the Board of Advisors for the Atlanta Speech School, the Atlanta Partners for Education, and is currently serving on the Atlanta Mayor’s Transition Team Education.