Bringing a Story to life via Voice–Storytelling for K-12

The reading for our class on Wednesday, February 6th, Once Upon a Time:  An Introduction to the Inaugural Issue, addresses the burgeoning issue of “leaving structures in place that will continue the work [of storytelling] in succeeding generations” (4).  Contemporary storytellers are attempting to bring storytelling into academia in hopes of keeping the tradition alive.  The National Storytelling Network has now divided itself into Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to help with this cause, including one category called Storytelling for K-12, which focuses on “storytelling for young people” (5).  This video is a demonstration of how one teacher brings storytelling to life via voice while developing the attention and communication skills of nursery school children.

-Kayla M. Burson

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One Response to Bringing a Story to life via Voice–Storytelling for K-12

  1. Kayla I appreciate this blog post for two reasons. The first is because we will be working with elementary school children in the coming weeks and this gives us a concrete example of what storytelling with children can look and sound like. It made me appreciate Professor’s Sowell’s performance of the Anansi story even more and also gave me a better understand the difference between sharing a story like that with a group of youthful and unimpeded children versus a group of socialized and self-regulated adults. The second reason is because it connects to an article I read this week when researching for my resources to add to the blog. In her essay entitled “Storytelling in the First Three Years”, Susan Engel writes about the importance of personal storytelling for child development. She explains how telling stories helps children to develop their memory skills while also learning to organize events from their past. It serves as a tool for children to convey relationships, feelings, and their understanding of events. However, in order to begin this process of personal storytelling they must learn the rules and communication strategies that are embedded within the art of storytelling. The video you shared does a really good job of illuminating how the practice of storytelling is taught to children.

    “It serves a myriad of functions for the young child. Stories allow children to learn about their culture, but also serve as a kind of passport into the culture. Children tell stories as a way of solving emotional, cognitive and social puzzles and to sort out problems or concerns. Perhaps most importantly, stories are one of the fundamental ways in which we each create an extended self. The developing child’s cumulative repertoire of stories gives him or her a sense of self across time and situation. As we tell stories about our selves we weave together the underlying constant inner self with the many different selves that emerge in context…” -Susan Engel

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    -Roshard Bryant

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