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Resources: Web Sites
• Art of Storytelling with Brother Wolf — A national conversation from all perspectives on the profession of storytelling. Serving all members of the storytelling movement. Including presenters, listeners, festival organizers, administrators, educators, parents, and storytellers.

• 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.
www.dancingleaves.com/allison/articles/classroom/storytelling_in_the_clas sroom.html

• 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.

• Taleypo the Storyteller - Marilyn Kinsella — Workshop Handouts, Papers, and Study Guides, K-12. Detailed information across the curriculum for teachers.

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