Darien Summer School & Enrichment

Teen Teachers- Intro to Storytelling- In person

For students entering grades 3-5

This course is an opportunity for younger students, who are learning how to read and write, to discover the elements of a good story. Storytelling is something that is universal and timeless, whether it is from a silver screen, a memory, a song, or a bedtime story. Together, we’re going to explore examples of impactful storytelling. From picture books to animations, we will analyze how creators use personal experiences, plots, characters, emotions, and settings to resonate with their audiences and spread meaningful messages.

Just a little bit about me:

Hi, my name is Esther. I’m a rising senior at Darien High, and I love stories, particularly biographies. When I was eight years old, I fell in love with this genre and would sit in the library reading for hours. After reading Helen Keller’s autobiography, I started to realize the importance of storytelling because it can reflect both the beauties and struggles of life. Over the years, I’ve been able to find my passion in a number of outlets, such as acting in plays, reciting poetry, and painting, which have allowed me to both create and tell stories. This summer, I hope to give students the tools to tell their own stories.


This course is part of our Teen Teachers program in which Darien's high school and college students teach courses about topics they are passionate about. In addition to the Teen Teacher who will lead the activities, a Darien Public Schools staff member will supervise the class.



Teen Teachers- Intro to Storytelling- In person (TT 108B)
Sessions:  5
Dates:  7/26/2021 to 7/30/2021
Meeting Times: 
  • Monday 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Tuesday 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Wednesday 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Thursday 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Friday 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location:  Darien High School G208
Instructors: Esther Zhao
Jason Fritsch
Grades:  3, 4, 5
Fees:  $115.00 (Class Fee)
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