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Teaching Storytelling in the Classroom

Children Tell Stories, an award-winning 288 page book by Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss, comes with a companion DVD showing demonstrations of storytelling use in classrooms, as well as 25 printable stories. Aimed at teachers of grades K-8, this Anne Izard Storyteller's Choice Award-winning book/DVD provides clear and detailed directions for teaching storytelling. This resource offers extensive tips for integrating storytelling into the curriculum, shows how storytelling links to state standards, and provides extensive bibliographies for all aspects of storytelling.

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Comment by Rachel Hedman on April 20, 2008 at 1:04pm
Dear Ros:

Depending on the cultures represented in your classroom, you could share stories that connect with those roots. The teenage years are mainly figuring out who they are as individuals.

Give them their culture and roots and you will see more excitement in the classroom.

You could always connect with billingual tellers if you are unfamiliar with the languages.

Until we tell again,

Rachel Hedman
Comment by Ros Rubinstein on April 20, 2008 at 11:33am
Hi Rachel,
Of course I have this book!!! I have found it to be very useful. I have an added challenge as I teach high school and my students are not native English speakers... I want to bring storytelling into the classroom. Do you have any advice as I would love to hear it?
Comment by Rachel Hedman on March 30, 2008 at 2:48pm
Mitch Weiss and Martha Hamilton are inspirations to youth tellers everywhere. Share this clip from YouTube to everyone, especially educators.

Until we tell again,

Rachel Hedman

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