Personal Stories
Gretchen Cryer



Date(s), Times, Credits:  This hybrid workshop will require thirty contact hours to achieve two graduate level credit hours.  Contact hours include 7 hours of in class instruction and 8 hours of Internet instruction and 15 hours of field work.    Participants are expected to attend a one day in-class intensive session with Ms. Cryer. This workshop then requires an hour per week of Internet instruction and two hours of field work over eight weeks. 

Instructor(s):  Gretchen Cryer, MA, an honorary Doctorate from Eastern Michigan University

Description:  This workshop/course is designed for classroom teachers.  This workshop/course highlights the use of story telling and drama to help students understand and connect with the human story behind the objective facts. 

Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop students should be able to:

  • To learn the techniques of incorporating Story Telling and Drama into the teaching of a wide spectrum of subjects by creating a comprehensive project unit relevant to individual subject area.

Topical Outline:
In Class Session:  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Unit 1:
   Uncovering the Stories
Unit 2:
   From the Horse's Mouth
Unit 3: 
 The "Outside" Story and the "Inside" Story
Unit 4:
   It's Show Time!

Attendance of the in-class session and presence in the online discussion is required.

Students will be assessed by enthusiastic participation during in-class session, quality and adequate quantity of discussion postings, and rubric scores on final project unit
.  The final project unit must be documented by video to be sent to New York to Ms. Cryer's studio for assessment.

The grading scale is as follows:  70-73=C-, 74-76=C, 77-79=C+ etc.               

F                     D

C                       C+

B-             B           B+

A-                      A (A+)











Your Score

Breadth of Exploration (Pertaining to Appropriate Source Materials)

Minimal source material with inappropriate application 

Adequate source material with inappropriate application 

Adequate source material with appropriate application 

Exceptional use of source material with stimulating application 


Content of Lesson Plan

Source material appears off target and appears randomly chosen 

Source material is related but unfocused 

Source material is on target but still not used to best advantage 

Source material is on target and sharply focused  


Effectiveness of Application to Teaching Goals

Project does not extend the understanding of the subject matter 

Project is related to but does not increase understanding of subject matter 

Project engages students but minimally enhances learning 

Project enlivens and enhances understanding of the subject matter 


Creativity of Lesson Plan

Unimaginative minimal use of possible source materials and uninspired overall construction 

Adequate use of possible source materials but uninspired overall construction 

Adequate use of possible source materials and serviceable overall construction 

Imaginative use of source materials and inspired overall construction 


Execution of Lesson Plan - Effectiveness of Video Presentation

Poor execution of lesson plan, ineffective video presentation 

Adequate execution of lesson plan but ineffective video presentation 

Adequate execution of lesson plan and serviceable video presentation 

Excellent execution of lesson plan, highly effective video presentation 



Level of Involvement                     Exhibits dedication to personal and professional growth; passion for learning; enthusiasm for participation in class activities.

Fulfillment of Requirements        All course requirements are met; participant posts commentary to the online discussion on a regular basis and has established a connection to the group as an active learner.

Professionalism                             Shows respect for self and others; reliable, prompt, does his/her share of the work; pays attention and offers valuable insight to course content. 

HONOR POLICY:  Plagiarism (the presentation of someone else’s work as your own) and academic dishonesty, i.e. cheating (deception in fulfilling academic requirements) will not be tolerated. If a student presents someone else's work as his/her own and fails to give credit to his/her sources, the student will automatically fail the class/workshop and risk academic probation.