in the Classroom
A workshop for teachers
In some of the most recent research
on literacy, being read to is not the most telling
predictor in a child's success in school literacy.
It is, in fact, the sharing of stories that is most
importantů the telling and retelling, the talking
about, the questioning and the taking on of roles!
Oral storyTelling brings the "shape of stories"
to children's ears and to their kinaesthetic senses
before, and alongside, the task of reading. Oral
literacy supports written literacy, builds vocabulary,
enriches visualization, and encourages children
to make connections: to their own lives, to other
texts, to the world around them!
StoryTelling in the classroom can:
Participants will listen to stories
and ideas about stories. They will draw a storyboard
and create a story map that will connect characters,
setting, and plot. They will work in pairs to learn
a short story that they can then take back to their