Tom Lee

Tom Lee tells traditional stories from around the world; stories that reflect their cultures of origin and convey universal themes; whimsical tales, breathtaking adventures and thought-provoking dramas drawn from his extensive travels and research. His work naturally incorporates  the Common Core State Standards that all students should be familiar with; the genre of the folktale, to understand the elements of a story, and be able to discuss the main idea, theme, or moral of the story. Using paintings found in local CT Museums, Tom inspires his students to use visual thinking strategies to tell and write stories with rich detail.

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About the Artist

Tom Lee has been a professional storyteller for twenty years and has performed for thousands of students in hundreds of classrooms. Tom is a fellow with the Connecticut Writing Project, based at the University of Connecticut and a frequent guest artist with The Metropolitan Museum of Art , the Yale Center for British Art and the University of Pennsylvania Museum. In addition to his educational programs, Tom performs publicly in theaters and in festivals throughout New England. His programs have been featured on National Public Radio and on BBC-TV.

 

Folktales From Around World (Grades K-8, Performances: up to 200 Students; Small Group Performances: up to 60 Students; Workshops: up to 25 students)

Tom Lee tells traditional stories from around the world; stories that reflect their cultures of origin and convey universal themes; whimsical tales, breathtaking adventures and thought-provoking dramas drawn from Tom’s extensive travels and research.The Common Core State Standards indicate that all students should be familiar with the genre of the folktale, to understand the elements of a story, and be able to discuss the main idea, theme, or moral of the story. With this in mind, Tom chooses stories carefully to be grade appropriate and deeply engaging for students in K-8. Tom draws from student’s questions, comments and insights as he weaves his stories into the program. Length: 45 minutes

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Mythology! Gods & Goddesses, Heroes and Heroines (Grade 3-9, Performances: up to 200 Students; Small Group Performances: up to 60 Students; Workshops: up to 25 students)

History comes to life as Tom Lee tells stories from the great civilizations of the past. In programs aligned with many school curricula, Tom tells authentic epics and legends from the major civilizations of the past, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome, The Mayan Civilization, The Middle Ages and Ancient China. Schools may indicate the cultures they would like to explore through myths and legends and Tom will craft a program accordingly. Length: 45 minutes

Single Performance (up to 200 students): $620

Two Back to Back Performances for up to 200 students each: $670

Three Performances $1285

Five Classroom or Media Center Sessions for 60 students each: $870

Residencies: Writing and Visual Thinking Strategies Workshops

Think it, See it, Write it!– Visualization for Descriptive Writing

The power of good storytelling is the ability to create vivid pictures in the listener’s mind. Tom Lee leads classroom workshops on visualization and writing for descriptive detail with students in grades 2 – 5. In this 3 day cross-curricular residency, students will hear stories, look at vividly detailed artwork, write, draw, and role play to evoke rich language, robust vocabulary and detailed writing. These workshops model the strategies Tom has developed for the Yale Center for British Artl

MULTIPLE DAYS
(May be a residency at a single school or at several schools on adjacent days)
One days…………………………… $    1175
Two days…………………………… $ 2185
Three days………………………….. $ 3035
Four days………………………….. $ 3765
Five days………………………….. $ 4345

ADDITIONAL RESIDENCY DAYS
Per days……………………………. $    600

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