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Art of Storytelling Brings Children Back to Language

The Los Angeles Times, January 28, 2004

Summary:

Educators are beginning to see the benefits of storytelling, said Kevin Cordi, who teaches it at Hanford High School in Central California. "It's now being seen as a huge educational tool to bring kids back to language," he said. "Every day, we lose kids who become disinterested in books and learning because they see them as things on a shelf. When you tell a story, the words come alive and an immediate connection is made."

Examples listed of storytelling in schools include 5th grade storytellers who are not native English speakers and an 11-year-old who has told at a library. Each of these storytellers became more self-assured and self-confident.

Subjects Covered: education


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