Improving literacy through creative writing
Science, Natural Science, Engineering, Math, Language Arts, Visual Arts
Live theatrical performances for school audiences. Study Guides and Post show residencies available.
Comics are one of the most powerful tools we have for sharing stories. Ira’s DRAWING COMICS program is filled with colorful visual lessons that invite students into the exciting world of comics and show them the skills needed to create comics that connect readers with their stories.
As a working comic artist, I’ve had a wide array of experiences with the art form. I’ve used comics to tell stories in fiction and non-fiction, as entertainment and educational material. I’ve self-published my own fantasy comics, created educational comics for middle schoolers in the capital region, and recently worked with the European Research Council on a comic about “the internet of things.” You can see all this work on my website: iramarcks.com
The program invites students to step back in time, (1960’s) and engage with the book through music, art, and storytelling. The story addresses subtle messages of friendships, community acceptance, respect, collaboration, forgiveness, bullying.
Fictional Character development within the framework of brainstorming and a step by step story map.
Social-emotional and Character Education Program that teaches students the 5 Core Values of Pride, Respect, Responsibility, Trust and Citizenship. Utilizing the children’s book Hi-5 for Bulldog Pride and corresponding activities students and classrooms will see improved behavior and academic development. This program will have a positive impact on home and community connections while enhancing the climate, culture and enjoyment of the classroom setting. Join Harrison and become Hi-5 Friends!
What, exactly, is an ecosystem? How are its elements related? What crazy and cool organisms exist in the diverse rainforest ecosystem?
Folktales, fairy tales, legends, mythology
Several themes are reflected in my programs: give credit where it’s due; appreciate the past as the work of the lives of real people; things we take for granted were not always so; there is always another side to the story