Presentations in schools—elementary, middle, high school and college—are a major portion of Ed's public speaking schedule. The programs listed below—as well as several noted on the General Audience Programs page of this web site—have been conducted successfully in the classroom.
Each of the presentations described can be modified to the needs of the cooperating teacher, and a discussion is held before each presentation to determine what areas of study should be addressed and emphasized during the classroom visit. There also is a significant degree of interaction with students, and teachers are asked to have youngsters prepare questions in advance of the classroom presentation or workshop.
Summer Reading Program presentations at regional libraries, and Writing Workshops/Presentations at school Literacy Day activities also have been successful.
For a list of Adult Library Programs, visit the Programs page on this web site.
PP indicates Power Point program. Host supplies blank wall or screen.
How To Write a Story—In this workshop, students will learn about story structure, ideas, develop a focus, story title, write a short introduction and be involved in the creative and organizational elements of the writing process. Lots of interaction among small group members and with the presenter. Ideal for grades 3 and above, and can be used in schools, libraries or for home schoolers.
How To Tell a Story—This interactive, hands-on workshop stresses oral presentation techniques through the use of fables and stories. Students learn story structure, recall techniques and presentation skills. They each learn and present a story in the workshop. Ed also illustrates the techniques and skills through stories he tells to the students.
Learning Delaware History Through Folklore and Legends
Folklore, legends and ghost stories are used to teach the significant events of Delaware's role in our country's history. This program has worked very well in schools and library settings. Photographs of historic sites—from Woodburn (Delaware’s Governor’s Mansion) to sites along the beaches of the Delaware and Chesapeake Bay—reinforce the stories that are told during the program. Includes tombstones and their eerie inscriptions, plus sites of reported Civil War (Fort Delaware) and Revolutionary War (Cooch's Bridge) spirits, the origin of the Mason Dixon Line . . . and much more. This popular program includes photos from Ed's book, Civil War Ghosts at Fort Delaware, and includes significan interaction with the students. DHF
Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island
Maryland's State House in Annapolis
Learning Maryland History Through Folklore and Legends
The fasinating folklore, legends and ghost stories of the Old Line State are used to teach the significant events of Maryland history. Photographs of historic sites—from Baltimore's Fort McHenry and USS Constellation, to western Civil War battlefields and mountain tales, and the slave holding plantations and marshes of the Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay. Folktales and legends reinforce the state's important historic events. Includes tombstones and their eerie inscriptions, Civil War sites, Poe home and grave, Point Lookout prison and lighthouse, Annapolis stories, the importance of the Mason Dixon Line . .. and much more. Based on stories in Ed's books Haunted Maryland, Annapolis Ghosts, Baltimore Ghosts and The Big Book of Maryland Ghost Stories.
Monsters of Maryland
Ed's book Monsters of Maryland, Mysterious Creatures of the Old Line State, has been used in writing and reading, school and summer library workshops to encourage student involvement in the literary arts. The book includes chapters on strange beasts reported throughout the state, including Chessie the sea serpent, the flying dragon Snallygaster, a Phantom in urban Baltimore, Bigfoot sightings in the region, the Burnt Swamp Monster of the Eastern Shore, Prince George's County's Goatman, Washington, D.C.'s Bunny Man . . . and more.
The following list of programs are available for school use. Their full descriptions are provided on the Programs page on this web site.
Meet the Presidents: Trivia, Tales and Truths of Our Nation's Leaders DHF
Meet the First Ladies: Trivia and Tales of the Presidents' Wives DHF
Delaware's Medal of Honor Recipients and Pearl Harbor Hero George Welch DHF
Delaware History Through Monuments, Markers and Memorials DHF
Civil War Trivia & Fort Delaware Tales DHF
So You Think You Know All About Delaware DHF
Schools Where Programs Have Been Given
Highlands Elementary School Casmir Pulaski Middle School Bayard Middle School Cedar Lane Elementary School The Tatnall School Gauger Middle School Baltz Elementary School Silver Lake Elementary School Olive Loss Elementary School Laurel Middle School Holy Cross Elementary School Most Blessed Sacrament School Delaware School for the Deaf St. Hedwig's School Our Lady of Fatima School Ferris School Meredith Middle School Corpus Christi School St. Elizabeth School St. Edmund's Academy St. Anne's School (Middletown) Corpus Christi School
Kent Christian School P.S. duPont Middle School Christ the Teacher Alfred Waters Friends School Milford Academy Cab Calloway School for the Arts Redding Middle School Milford Middle School
Elkton High School Elkton Middle School Perryville Middle School The Radcliffe School Conowingo Elementary School The Kent School Cherry Hill Middle School Boys Latin, Baltimore Oldfields School, Baltimore County Loch Raven Academy Archbishop Spalding High School St. Margaret's School
Universities and Colleges
University of Delaware (UD) Parents Weekend, History/Folklore Tour, UD Welcome Back to Campus Program, UD Upward Bound Program, UD Americorps, State of Delaware McNair Scholars, UD Academy of Lifelong Learning (Wilm. and Southern Del.) Bach's Lunch Series UD Salisbury University State of Delaware Governor’s School for Excellence Delaware Technical and Community College Elderhostel and Adult Plus+ programs Institute for Retired Persons Salisbury University Harford Community College Delaware Techincal and Community College Howard Community College Hays-Heigh House, Harford Com. College
"Mr. Okonowicz is an excellent presenter. His program, 'Delaware History Through Stories, Folklore and Legends,' uses students’ natural curiosity about ghosts and the supernatural to familiarize them with major events and personalities from Delaware’s past." —Maria Gregors. Library Media Specialist, Redding Middle School
List of Library Clients
Wicomico County Library Light Street Library, Baltimore Finksburg Branch, Carroll County Library Taneytown Branch, Carroll County Library Eldersburg Branch, Carroll County Library Worcester County Library Snow Hill Library Berlin Library Pocomoke City Library Ocean City Branch Library Ocean Pines Branch Library Denton Library Federalsburg Library Sudlersville Library Bel Air Library Havre de Grace Branch, Harford Public Library Joppa Branch, Harford County Library Cecil County Public Library, Elkton Branch Chesapeake City Library Cockeysville Branch Library, Baltimore County Library Hereford Branch Library, Baltimore County Library Friends of the Talbot County Free Library Cecilton Library Rising Sun Library Anne Arundel County Libraries Fallston Library, Harford County
Corbit-Calloway Memorial Library Rehoboth Public Library Kent County Library Appoquinimink Library Dover Public Library Delmar Public Library Laurel Public Library Milford Public Library South Coastal Public Library Greenwood Public Library Seaford Public Library Brandywine Hundred Branch Library Harrington Public Library Elsmere Public Library Selbyville Public Library Bear Library
"I couldn't be more pleased with the 'Ghosts and Monsters of Maryland' presentations that Ed Okonowicz presented for Anne Arundel County Public Library as part of our Teen Summer Reading Club 2012. Ed was a pleasure to work with, and the talks were informative and entertaiing. Some comments from the library staff included:
"He was fantastic! Never was I or an audience so engrossed in a program. Lots of teens and enthsiasm. He truly knew how to work with that age group."
"Author Ed Okonowicz was very entertaing and well-received by the audience. The kids were so excited about the program."
— Joan Bradford, Programming and Outreach Librarian, Anne Arundel County Public Library