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Content Area Reading, Writing, and Storytelling: A Dynamic Tool for… (edition 2009)

by Brian Ellis

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Through a balance of pedagogy and practice, Ellis gives teachers the skills and confidence they need to become better storytellers. The book includes dozens of great stories and classroom-tested lesson plans to help students improve reading fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. With better reading skills, students' ability to learn content will also improve. By telling their own stories students will also learn creative writing strategies. The preface and introduction recount current research, while providing inspiration for teachers to learn and tell stories. Each subsequent chapter explores one content area, Reading, Math, Science, etc. There is also a series of interdisciplinary units. What makes this project unique is that each chapter offers several exciting, easy-to-learn stories and reproducible pages for a ready-to-use handouts. Lesson plans include detailed strategies for their application, as well as links to national learning standards. Grades K-6… (more)
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Title:Content Area Reading, Writing, and Storytelling: A Dynamic Tool for Improving Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum through Oral Language Development
Authors:Brian Ellis
Info:Teacher Ideas Press, an imprint of Libraries Unlimited (2008), Paperback, 280 pages
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Teacher librarians have tried over the years to make storytelling and creative dramatics a part of the agenda to love literature and reading, so they have concentrated on imparting the pure joy, laughter, mystery, and attention-grabbing power of oral language. Ellis has a different purpose. He wants to weave the power of story into the language arts curriculum to push elementary school children into creating their own stories as a way of improving literacy. In the book, he begins storytelling “lessons” with a sory to be read aloud/told to the class. Then, he provides detailed instructions of how to engage the class in using that story to model creations of their own. Complete lesson plans with rubrics and links to NCTE standards are provided, Thus, the book provides a way to integrate storytelling into the language arts curriculum. In the age of the Internet, there are all kinds of Web 2.0 technologies that kids can use to not only create, but share their stories virtually. Ellis does not seem to embrace technology but those possibilities need to be added to his recommended activities. How does one help children become better storytellers in their own right without killing interest in this powerful medium? The only way to know is try some of his ideas and watch for the results – both in terms of improved literacy but also in fun, excitement, interest, and powerful kid tellers. Use this one with caution as a collaborative learning experience with classroom teachers.
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