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A Little Bit of History
Storyteller and author Donald
Davis says that, “A story
is like a line, a wire between the teller and the listener.
Both people hold each end of it, and the story walks on that
wire between them.”
is the relating of a tale through voice and gesture. It is not the same as reading a book or reciting
a poem. Oral storytelling is more like a conversation. A storyteller
creates a series of images. In response, audience members might
sit up straight and look intently back at the teller. They
might yawn and fidget in their seats. They might smile, laugh
and say the words of a familiar story right outloud with the
All these responses
communicate what the audience is thinking, and the teller can adjust the pace and choice of a story in
response. Storytelling is like a musical concert. When the
concert is over, the music is only a memory. When a storytelling
performance is over, the story is also a memory, but unlike
a music concert or a play, storytelling occurs for a particular
group, and stories can be adjusted and changed according to
the needs of the moment.
For the Lesson Plan discussing
the use of Stories, Telling, Writing and Listening, click HERE to
open the PDF file Lesson Story Plan.
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Many spooky stories stem from folklore. Stories such as The Teeny Tiny Woman, The Golden Arm, Boney Legs and Wiley and the Hairy Man appear in picture books and story collections, but they were first told from fiend to friend, parent to child and grandparent to grandchild. Every culture across the planet has their own collection of spine tinglers because everyone likes to be scared when they know they will come out fine on the other side.
When I was a school librarian, I kept a list tacked up behind my desk for Alvin Schwarts's Scary Story books. We couldn't seem to buy enough copies. Spooky stories, when chosen well, are enjoyed by children and adults alike. They are an exciting and appropriate way to explore the world of folklore.
For the Lesson Plan that is aimed at 1st-2nd grade, click HERE to open the PDF file Is That Really True?
Telling Stories with String
Did you learn Cat’s Cradle when you were in school? String
figures and string stories have been around for almost as long
as people have been on earth. It is impossible to name a continent
which does not have its own set of figures representing the
people, objects and animals found there. The Navajo used string
figures as a way to encourage the memorization needed for the
complicated patterns involved in weaving and sand painting.
Some cultures used figures as astronomical devices. Other cultures
used them in religious ceremonies. Most often string figures
have been used just for fun. They have helped many long winter
nights to pass quickly in an igloo or a hogan.
learn to create string figures, they are exercising
their powers of concentration and coordination and creating
paths of muscular memory. Learning a new skill, such as this,
can sometimes be frustrating, but it just takes a little patience.
The reward is always worth the effort.
For the Lesson Plan Telling
Stories with String, click HERE to
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