Build A Story Residency - Andrea Lovett - Arts For Learning Massachusetts


Build A Story Residency

Type: Residency|Remote
Art Form: Storytelling & ELA|Early Childhood
Grade Level: PreK-3
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In this community-building residency program, students learn the elements of story structure and build their telling skills, as Andrea guides them to perform personal narratives in front of an audience. Beginning with familiar stories and fables, students use open-ended questions and mapping to identify and pick apart the fundamental elements of a story—characters, setting, and outcomes. They then work collectively to change these elements, and build their own story as a class. Using this story as a script,

Andrea guides students to discover its natural rhythms, and identify opportunities for audience participation. Students perform their new story from beginning to end as a culminating event for the residency. Workshop subjects and lengths can be modified for individual schools to meet their needs or focus. 

Program available in person, or live online.

Length: 45-60 Minutes
Audience Limit: 30
Curriculum Connection: Mass Curriculum Frameworks for English Language Arts and Literacy speaking and Listening Standards Pre-K–5 9 (R.L 1.1 & R.L 1.3): Students will be able to tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details and speak in audibly and coherent sentences.

Residency Workshops: $150-$350
What is a residency?

Travel: $50 per day
Pricing may vary for weekends/out-of-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts



Planning fee based upon scope of residency.



  • A teacher in the room to support artist and address student needs.
  • For a full residency, a minimum of 3 contacts with each class culminating in a sharable project, is recommended. Schools must schedule at least two workshops in a single day. Schools preferring a more introductory residency can schedule a total of one introductory skills workshop for each of their classes with no culminating event.
  • 1 reserved parking space
  • Writing materials for the students
  • Handouts and activity sheets copied as needed.


Remote (live online)
School sets up link for remote meeting and makes the artist a co-host. Screen share must be enabled. Artist may need to sign on 20-30 minutes prior to the meeting to check sound levels. A representative from the school must be on the call and mute students as needed. Please introduce them as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts artist.

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