Lesson Plan #:AELP-STT0001
Author: Frances Vitali
School or Affiliation: Lake Valley School, Crownpoint, NM
Endorsed by: These lesson plans are the result of the work of the teachers who have attended the Columbia Education Center’s Summer Workshop. CEC is a consortium of teacher from 14 western states dedicated to improving the quality of education in the rural, western, United States, and particularly the quality of math and science Education. CEC uses Big Sky Telegraph as the hub of their telecommunications network that allows the participating teachers to stay in contact with their trainers and peers that they have met at the Workshops. Date: May 1994
Grade Level(s): Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
- Language Arts/Story telling
Children enjoy telling stories as much as they enjoy listening to them. Sometimes simple props such as masks, puppets and costumes take the attention away from the student so s/he can focus on the content and telling of the story. In using every day objects as props, students become more relaxed to let their story unfold naturally and creatively while others (the audience) enjoy the visual representations as well as the oral delivery.
Students will be able to:
Resources: Teacher: box, container, or paper bag
Students: odds and ends to contribute for prop box
Activities and Procedures:
Tying It All Together: Storytelling is a special activity that may be reserved for special times or for all times keeping in mind respect for the storyteller and the audience. A ritual of lighting a candle during storytelling time can be observed.
Students in the audience can illustrate stories being told stories may be told according to specific genre: Mystery, Horror, Comedy, Fiction, Biographical, Autobiographical, Science Fiction, etc.
– the telling of a story will include a given condition, setting, situation, or theme, etc.
– One student begins a story and another student can pick up the story where the previous student left off, followed by another student until the end of the story.
Story telling is an effective means of communication. I heard a storyteller once say, ‘When you read a book, the audience connects with the pictures in the book. When you tell a story, the audience connects with you.’