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Spelling practice video: Learn to spell ‘donkey’ with these eight tips October 25, 2012

Spelling practice for donkey CLIP
Do you want some great tips to help you to learn to spell various words? This video and article will give you eight fun suggestions to try. Choose three or four of the ones you like the best as you work on improving your spelling skills.

Simply as an example, this article and video focuses on learning to spell the word ‘donkey’.

Since not everybody learns the same, pick out just the activities that fit your particular learning style or the learning styles of the students you are working with. It is to be hoped that at least a few of these activities will appeal and prove to be successful in improving the spelling skills of you or of your target audience.

Here are eight spelling activities that are demonstrated in the twelve-minute video.

Click SPELLING ACTIVITIES to read the whole article and to watch the video.


Twenty questions about Andrew Jackson: Find the answers on Hermitage website

Professional Storytellers Debbie Dunn & Marcia Donovan tell ghost & spooky stories at ‘Hauntings at the Hermitage’ 20th & 27th of 2012
Here is a fun way to learn more about our former President, Andrew Jackson. Involve your students in an internet research project.

Here are the kid-friendly questions for them to look up. The answers can all be found on the Hermitage website, President Andrew Jackson’s former home.

Click ANDREW JACKSON for the list of twenty questions plus the clues.


Debbie Dunn and Marcia Donovan telling ghost stories at the Hermitage October 3, 2012

Storytelling times by Marcia and Debbie at Haunted Hermitage CLIP

Introduction: Professional Storytellers Debbie Dunn and Marcia Donovan will tell family-friendly ghost stories at the 12th annual ‘Hauntings at the Hermitage’ located in Nashville, TN: 10-20-2012 and 10-27-2012. Listen to spooky tales in ‘Cabin by the Spring’ building.

Do you want a fun way to celebrate Halloween with your family and friends? Do you enjoy exploring historical locations? Travel to Nashville, Tennessee, and visit the Hermitage.

Special two-night event at the Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee

October 20th and October 27th of 2012 are the dates for the 12th annual ‘Hauntings at the Hermitage’ located in Nashville, Tenn. Two professional storytellers will share the stage at the ‘Cabin by the Spring’ to tell family-friendly ghost stories both nights.

Marcia Donovan will tell ghost and spooky stories on the hour (6:00, 7:00, and 8:00). Debbie Dunn will tell ghost and spooky stories on the half hour (6:30, 7:30, and 8:30). Both Marcia and Debbie will be performing during the final performance scheduled from 9:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Marcia Donovan performing stories

Bio for Marcia Donovan

Marcia has been a professional storyteller since 1984 and Putnam County Library Storyteller in Cookeville, TN. since 1988. With voice, guitar and unique percussion instruments Marcia blends music and story for a fresh look at the world. Audiences sing along and help in the telling. She has been Storytelling Artist in Residence with Putnam Pacesetters developmentally disabled adults since 2000, with whom she presents an annual dramatization of a multicultural folktale. Marcia has performed at Rugby’s Ghostly Gathering, Crossville’s Boo Bash, Cookeville’s History Museum, and numerous Middle Tennessee classrooms, teacher in-services and community groups.

Marcia is a member of the Tennessee Storytelling Association (TSA) and the National Storytelling Network (NSN). She has been a Tennessee Arts Commission Roster Artist since 1993 and was an Artist in Residence in Putnam County fourth grades 1993-99.

Marcia holds Tennessee K-3 certification, has a Masters in Early Childhood Education and has 15 years pre-school and remedial teaching experience. Marcia has presented storytelling workshops in Middle Tennessee classrooms, at TSA conferences, Governor’s Academy for Teachers of Writing, local teacher in-services and community groups.

Debbie Dunn telling stories at different venues

Bio for Debbie Dunn

Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons has been a professional storyteller and author since 1989. That is the year she earned her M.A. at ETSU in Elementary Education with a specialization in Storytelling. Debbie tells age-appropriate stories. She encourages lots of audience participation as she performs. She has been a member of the National Storytelling Network and the Tennessee Storytelling Association since 1990. Using her pen name of DJ Lyons, she is the author of “The Bell Witch Unveiled At Last! The True Story Of A Poltergeist” and “White Reindeer, Kudzu Monster, & Other Tales Of Wonder.” Additionally, Debbie taught school for 14 1/2 years. She is certified to teach grades K-8. For more information about her storytelling performances and workshops, please visit her storytelling website of

More details about the ‘Hauntings at the Hermitage’ event

What is the Hermitage? It is a historical site that was the home of former President Andrew Jackson. He was our seventh president. He led our country from 1829 to 1837.

Where is the Hermitage located? The Hermitage is located in Nashville, Tennessee. The mailing address is: The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville, TN 37076.

This is how the two-night event is described on the Hermitage website:

“Join us Saturday, October 20th and Saturday, October 27th for the 12th Annual Hauntings at The Hermitage. Celebrate the holiday with ghost stories, a haunted hay ride through the Hermitage fields and old barn, fun Halloween themed movies on our outdoor movie theater, music, food, games and activities for kids, and more. New this year is a Presidential Trick or Treat Trail and hay maze! Don’t miss this great community event!”

If you need directions, have further questions, or wish to order tickets, visit the Hermitage website. For your convenience, here is the link to click:

12th Annual Hauntings at The Hermitage

Here is the Hermitage page advertising all the storytellers performing those two nights:

Story Tellers at the Hermitage

Professional Storytellers Marcia Donovan and Debbie Dunn hope to see you there.


Ghost Stories including ‘The Bell Witch Unveiled’ 10-27-2011 at Kingsport Renaissance Center October 25, 2011

Ghost Stories including ‘The Bell Witch Unveiled’.


Come one! Come all to hear ghost stories at the Kingsport Renaissance Center on Thursday night, October 27, 2011, from 7 pm to 9 pm. The admission price is $5 per head. 

Here is the address: 1200 E Center St # 1, Kingsport, TN 37660-4958      (423) 392-8414

Facebook invitation: Ghost Stories including ‘The Bell Witch Unveiled’

Here is how the evening will work.

Professional Storyteller Guerry McConnell with tell spooky stories prior to intermission. “Guerry McConnell offers ‘family friendly’ stories of monsters and strange happenings, including Tennessee tales of the “Tremblin’ Tennessee Wyooter” monster of Middle Tennessee, “The Ghost of Mable’s Gable” created by Jim May and “Wicked John & The Devil”, an Appalachian tale. Nothing too scary, because Guerry spooks easily! Guerry is a storyteller and songwriter who sometimes combines original songs with her stories. ”

After a short intermission and a bit of hot cider …

Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons a professional storyteller and published author will tell the story of “The Bell Witch Unveiled” based on her book entitled “The Bell Witch Unveiled At Last! The True Story Of A Poltergeist” written under her pen name of DJ Lyons. DJ Lyons attempts to clear the name of Cate Williams Batts (often spelled Kate). This was the woman wrongly accused of being the poltergeist who haunted the family of John and Lucy Bell from 1817 to 1821. Debbie tells this story in first-person perspective, portraying the part of Cate Batts herself.

We hope to see you all there.


Professional Storyteller performs kid-friendly tale: Burger King November 3, 2010

Debbie Dunn telling ghost stories around campfire at Yeomens in the Fork
On October 16, 2010, professional storyteller Debbie Dunn performed ghost stories around the campfire at Yeomen’s in the Fork on the outskirts of Franklin, Tennessee. Watch the 3-minute video on YouTube.

This is how the owners describe this antiquities bookstore: “Yeoman’s in the Fork is a rare book and document gallery located in historic Leiper’s Fork, TN. Yeoman’s has a wide variety of rare books, documents, maps, and ephemera. Yeoman’s in the Fork shares the collector’s passion, along with helping educate those new to collecting rare books and documents.”

Prior to intermission, Debbie told a few kid-friendly ghost and spooky stories appropriate for the whole family. After intermission, Debbie performed “The Bell Witch Unveiled” based on her book entitled “The Bell Witch Unveiled At Last! The True Story Of A Poltergeist” written under her pen name of DJ Lyons. She signed autographs during intermission and after the final performance.

Please enjoy a fun audience-participation tale called “Burger King.” It was taught to her by Chris Lindgren, a Canadian storyteller. Chris learned the story from a 12-year-old boy. He’s the one who wrote it.

YouTube video: Burger King
Description: Watch master storyteller Debbie Dunn reenact this kid-friendly story “Burger King” from our Ghost Stories & The Bell Witch Unveiled event.

For more information about this bookstore, please visit Yeoman’s in the Fork at

Yeoman’s in the Fork, 4216 Old Hillsboro Rd, Franklin, TN 37064

For other stories performed by Debbie Dunn, please click on the following links:

* Jack and the King’s Girl by Richard Chase
* Rainbow Crow by Nancy Van Laan
* Jack and the Bull re-told by Debbie Dunn
* Mouse Mother by Opalanga Pugh
* Parable of the Eagle told by Storyteller Debbie Dunn
* Ned and Nan Kick Their CAN’Ts Away re-told by Debbie Dunn
* Part 1 of 2 – Grandmother Frog’s Magic Bully Buster Song
* Part 2 of 2 – Grandmother Frog’s Magic Bully Buster Song
* Video – The Wild Boar
* Video – Six Blind Men and the Elephant re-told by Debbie Dunn

Sneak Preview of “The Bell Witch Unveiled”:
Bell Witch Movie with Talk Bubbles that Pop by DJ Lyons


Best Review – Top 8 Youtube Videos by Professional Storyteller Debbie Dunn October 10, 2010

Cartoon drawing of Professional Storyteller Debbie Dunn
Debbie Dunn has been telling stories and teaching storytelling since 1989. Check out some of her performance and teaching tale videos on YouTube.

Click STORYTELLING VIDEOS to visit these top eight storytelling videos performed by Debbie Dunn at

Click TOP TEN REVIEWER should you wish to post a top ten reviewer site of your very own. This site was created by James Colin from and She Told

You can view the rest of my reviews by clicking Debbie Dunn’s Most Recent Tops.

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Be Bully Free Elementary School Program with Debbie Dunn September 1, 2010

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Click BE BULLY FREE to watch the video on

Promote a positive school climate, reduce school absenteeism, and reduce the negative effects of bullying with this BE BULLY FREE Elementary School program conducted by Professional Storyteller & Conflict Resolution Specialist Debbie Dunn. For more information, please visit her website of