Language, Literacy, and Storytelling – Part 4


Here is part 4 in Jennie’s excellent series Language, Literacy, and Storytelling!

A Teacher's Reflections

In Part 3, I shared proof of the powerful and positive effects of storytelling, through the story of Cuban cigars and their high quality – thanks to la lectura.  I am also happy to report that the 12th grade English teacher from my “Ravioli” post has found ‘lights out’ to be successful in his classroom reading aloud.  Currently he is reading Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut to his students.  From preschool to high school, we are both doing the same thing, and it works.

Part 4
I have discovered much of my storytelling happens in the bathroom at school.  Perhaps it is the captive audience, much like a car ride with children.  Perhaps it is the rhyming, the make-believe, and including children’s names into the stories.  Perhaps it is because I’m sitting with them on the bench, not waiting in the doorway.  I simply make up words and stories. …

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