Jennifer Cayley

Jennifer Cayley is a passionate storyteller who believes that the wisdom and wonder of the ancient and, oh so contemporary oral heritage of the planet, should be a foundational part of everyone's life long learning and living. This traditional material is the foundation of her repertoire. Listening to a performance of fine traditional folk and fairy tales can be an experience in inquiry-based learning. Stimulated by the ancient power of the stories themselves and the skill and passion of a professional teller, students will visualize characters and settings, discover connections to their own lives and absorb excellent models of good narrative. Arts education has been a critical part of Jennifer's life work, both as co-founder of MASC and as a teller of tales in community and educational settings. She has been an enthusiastic part of the Ontario Arts Council's Artists in Education roster, Prologue to the Performing Arts, TD Canada Trust Canadian Children's Book Week Tour and the MASC roster. For more than 20 years she has told in schools, libraries, community centers and performance festivals across the country. In Ottawa she tells regularly at the Fourth Stage of the National Arts Centre. Internationally she has been invited to Wales, Australia, Hawaii and mainland USA.

Curriculum Links

Making connections between narrative elements and the natural world; Interdependence of social, economic and natural systems; consequences of interactions between human and natural systems; stewardship: active listening skills; empathy; plot, character, story structure, and narrative arc; cultural inclusion; myth and legend; non-verbal communication, oral language and storytelling.


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Fables For The Earth

Residency Performance English

Two children, a mouse and a goat set out on a quest. They must brave the elements and climb a mountain to find out where all the food and water have gone. As they struggle upwards, the ancient rocks they walk upon tell them stories. This lively story-within-a-story will entertain and delight, but also open the door to discussions. Students will empathise with the characters, and learn about courage, commitment, and cooperation, as well as caring for the earth

Participants:
Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
100
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
One session : 50 minutes (incl. Q & A) $315 + HST
Half day: two 50 minute sessions $395 + HST
Full day: three 50 minute sessions $505 + HST
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There Are Lots More Stories!

Residency Performance English

Traditional tales and their structures underpin much of our pop culture, including movies, books, songs, and even video games. If you are interested in exploring traditional stories with your students, inquire about Jennifer’s other programs. These include simple interactive tales for the very young; travelling stories from ancient civilizations for the middle grades and wonder tales and epics for middle school and high school audiences. All of these stories are rich in delight, adventure and imagination.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
100
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
One session : 50 minutes (incl. Q & A) $315 + HST
Half day: two 50 minute sessions $395 + HST
Full day: three 50 minute sessions $505 + HST
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Workshop

Residency English Seniors

Traditional tales, polished over countless generations, are narrative jewels that offer a fine model for building your own stories into tellable, listenable pieces. In this workshop, participants will listen to some good stories, explore how to make connections between the told stories and their own narratives and will leave inspired to craft their own stories and to seek out more traditional stories.

Participants:
Seniors
Maximum:
10
Discipline:
Literary Arts
Time and Price:
One 2 hour workshop $280 + HST
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