Storytelling Teacher Resources
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Australian Aboriginal Art and Storytelling
3rd - 5th CCSS: Adaptable
Young explorers investigate Australian Aboriginal culture by listening to traditional Dreamtime stories and examining dot paintings created by Aboriginal artists. In addition, they locate the country on maps, discuss the geography of...
Tradition Through Technology: Native American Storytelling
1st - 4th
This fabulous resource will help your class identify the parts of a story: subject, place, time, action, and moral. Class members will learn about storyboards and create their own about a Native American legend they researched online....
Introduction to Adaptations: Different Doesn't Mean Bad
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Explore different media for storytelling in this lesson from BYU. Middle and high schoolers are given a storyline and then collaborate in groups to adapt the story to a variety of media, such as film, websites, advertisements, etc. They...
History of the American Flag Using Digital Storytelling
3rd - 5th
Students discover the history of the American flag. Using the Internet, they work together to research this topic and compare and share the information they found. They present the material to the class using their digital storytelling...
How Is Ramayana Part of the Great Storytelling Tradition?
6th - 8th
Middle schoolers identify characteristics of oral literature, explore different purposes of oral tradition, and decide what the role of oral tradition is in their own lives and contrast this with the role of oral tradition in India.
The Grapevine-Teaching Storytelling to English Language Learners
4th - Higher Ed
Students participate in a game designed to aid in storytelling. They spread a rumor to each member of their team using information found in the accompanying worksheets. Students earn points when they report their rumor correctly. ...
Springfield Digital Storytelling Project: Landform Riddle
Creative projects and collaborative learning are hallmarks of 21st Century learning skills. Using an iphone, 6th graders create an iMovie which shows a student composed riddle. The riddle needs to be about one of the landforms they have...
A Listening Doll: Create Traditional Native American Storyteller Dolls
3rd - 4th
In this wonderful cross-curricular lesson, your youngsters will learn about Pueblo Indian storyteller dolls by creating their own! They discuss the tradition of story telling, especially in reference to Native Americans. Consider ending...
The Learning Network: Re-envisioning Classic Stories
5th - 8th
Readers reflect on enjoyable stories they know, brainstorm criteria that make a story "good," analyze a New York Times article about innovative children's performances, re-envision classics on their own, and peer edit drafts. Use this as...
Lesson: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Attention to Detail
K - 5th
After a quick warm up activity, learners get ready to use their keen observation skills to examine an ornate Japanese pencil box. They discuss the artistry, skills, and story of the box, paying close attention to details. They then...
Book of the Month - A Technology-Integrated Literacy Project
6th - 8th
Students write a paragraph predicting what the book is about after viewing the front cover. They are given a copy of the Story Parts Maps, students are explained each story part. Students are explained that they most take notes on the...
Camera Angles: The Case of the Missing Highlighter
2 mins 7th - 12th
Watch and learn all about camera angles, what they mean, and how they help covey emotion and point of view. A short film is used to demonstrate four different camera angles, each scene is cut to reveille a fact about the angle just seen....
The Summer Fun Summer Learning Dramatic and Story Reading Unit
1st - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
What's the difference between story reading and story telling? Participants in a summer enrichment program learn all about the difference as they listen to famous speeches, engage in dramatic readings, and craft their own short stories...
Springfield Digital Storytelling Project #6: Grapes Commercial
Here is a fabulous lesson that should have your class very excited! They utilize the GRAPES formula in order to produce a commercial like ones we see on TV. Working in pairs, they must come up with a script, take video, provide music,...
From Remus to Rap: A History in Theory and Practice of the African-American Storytelling Tradition
7th - 12th
Students examine the specific form and function of tall tales and toasts. They discover the importance of performance in the telling of a story and the importance of rhythm in the telling of toasts. They create stories of their own, in...
Their Eyes Were Watching God: Culture and History
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
A 13-minute audio guide begins the second lesson of a unit on Zora Neale Hurtson's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Once they have listened to the guide and read Chapter 1 of the novel, kids discuss the story as an example of oral...