Storytelling in Schools
Resources: Web Sites
• Learning Through Storytelling — “Storytelling is a power tool for education. When
storytelling comes to school, everybody wins!” From the beginning of time,
storytelling has been the means by which cultures and societies have preserved and
celebrated their memories, passed on their values and belief systems, entertained,
instructed and reported. Long before there were written records, storytellers taught
through the oral tradition.
• Race Bridges for Schools —
This web site has free stories about diversity, inclusion and racial justice. These stories come with lesson plans and audio downloads
for classrooms and groups. The goal of Race Bridges is bring races together. High School age through Adult.
• National Literacy Project Telling Its Story in Evansville: Beyond Their Wildest
Imaginations . — There isn't much Mary Jo Huff loves more than a good story.
When she's surrounded by children, with a puppet on her hand, the Newburgh
grandmother is in her element. She tells the children their imaginations can take
them anywhere they want to go. So Huff, an author, professional storyteller and former
preschool director, is ecstatic that Evansville is the current stop on the Story Box
Project's world tour....
• Storytelling in Classrooms by Heather Forest — Educators have long known that
the arts can contribute to student academic success and emotional well being. The
ancient art of storytelling is especially well-suited for student exploration. As a folk
art, storytelling is accessible to all ages and abilities. No special equipment beyond
the imagination and the power of listening and speaking is needed to create artistic
images. As a learning tool, storytelling can encourage students to explore their
unique expressiveness and can heighten a student's ability to communicate thoughts
and feelings in an articulate, lucid manner. These benefits transcend the art experience
to support daily life skills. In our fast-paced, media-driven world, storytelling
can be a nurturing way to remind children that their spoken words are powerful, that
listening is important, and that clear communication between people is an art.
• Storytelling in the Classroom by Linda Fredericks and Allison Cox — Stories help
bind people together, forge group identities and create a sense of common culture
and understanding. Usually, the first storytellers that children know are parents and
family members, so listening to stories is often a known, safe and culturally relevant
method of imparting knowledge and important values. Whether the stories are family
stories, folk and fairy tales, myths, legends, or from literature... if you can put the
book down and simply tell the story to your students, you can connect with them
through an ancient and compelling form of communication.
• Storytelling: The Heart and Soul of Education by Stan Koki — All people have a
basic need to share stories. Stories organize experiences and record important
happenings. As common forms of discourse, stories are of great interest and
significance in language and literacy development, especially when considering the
increased linguistic and cultural diversity of students in Pacific classrooms. Stories
enable teachers to learn about their students’cultures, experiences, and meaningful
relationships. Through the sharing of stories, teachers and children “create
the potential for new connections that link them together inside a new tale”
• Storytelling Web Sites and Books for Teachers; Storytelling in Classrooms — A
compilation of resources for teachers integrating storytelling into their classrooms.
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