In January 2016, Mr. Cory Levine and his staff at Submerge Storytelling have come back to Glenwood Landing School to immerse students in an exciting multi-sensory, hands-on storytelling experience based on NY State Standards and the Common Core. Interdisciplinary lessons include writing and reading comprehension, STEAM (Science, Technology,Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) skills including coding, geography, and areas of social studies including civilizations.
Mr. Levine said, “Submerge Storytelling transforms an entire classroom into the setting of a story. Students interact with and explore this story-world in order to draw conclusions about the story's characters, plot, and themes." Submerge Storytelling also:
One GWL student said, “Submerge Storytelling creates a learning experience that was extraordinarily fun! Instead of having you only look and listen, you are allowed to touch. I loved the fact that you didn’t get the obvious clues. You had to figure out which clues were important on your own.” Another student said, “It was really fun but you are also learning at the same time. I really liked that there were clues around. You could discover where the main character was.”
Mr. Levine concluded by saying, “Submerge Storytelling is a unique experience that challenges children with complex tasks that build the same higher-order and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in today’s classrooms. Also, as the curriculum evolves, the children study the complexities of character to uncover important themes such as integrity, morality, work ethic, respect, and trust. This combination of academia and values will help turn children into productive members of society.” He added, “We are the only ones doing this distinctive type of storytelling right now.”
Many thanks to School-wide Enrichment Teacher Audra Marcantonio and the SCA for bringing this unique and educational program to Glenwood Landing School. Mr. Levine, CEO/Head Writer of Submerge Storytelling, is a teacher for the New York Department of Education as well as a playwright/actor. Additionally, he has many people on staff including a special education teacher to help out. For more information, please visit www.submergestorytelling.com.
Photo Caption: Article and photos by Shelly Newman
Pictured are Glenwood Landing students immersed in “Submerge Storytelling,” an exciting multi-sensory, hands-on storytelling experience based on NY State Standards and the Common Core initiated by Mr. Cory Levine.