CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Marv Klassen-Landis of Windsor, VT. Marv uses stories, writing, and theater to help kids and adults learn more about themselves. Marv is a co-founder of the Children’s Voices Theater. CLiF created the outline below to help students of all ages think about his books.
Things to think about:
- Marv’s motto is “Explore, Express, Inspire.” What does that mean to you as you think about telling your own story?
- What is the connection between theater and writing?
- How about photography and writing?
- When do you choose to write poems and prose?
- Where do you find inspiration for your own work?
Here are a few ways to get to know Marv’s work better:
- Marv reads his beloved poem The Red Sled
- Listen to Marv and one of his students talk about writing to heal
- Make a mask – think about what it shows and what it hides
- Marv suggests two regular writing prompts: “I feel _______ when ________.” and “I’m thankful for __________.”
CLiF has created literacy activities for students of all ages here. Here are some that would go nicely with Marv’s work:
For younger kids:
- Fridge Magnets – create magnets that let you tell a story about yourself, real or fantasy!
- The Best Part of Me – as you read books and poems, document about the best parts of you
For older kids:
- Book Spine Poetry – use the books or magazines in your home and put them together into a poem about you
- Letters to Book Characters – write a letter to a character you relate to and one you don’t