Sunday, August 4, 2013

Slow and Steady Wins the Race: Stor E Telling January February 2008

Hare and Tortoise
Milo Winter, 1919
I have penned the Stor E Telling column since January of 2002 and the articles from 2002-2006 are the publications page of my website found here I will be adding the columns from 2007 to 2012 to that page as well, but I am in the process of checking what link URL's have changed or are now defunct. It is a time consuming process so I am taking the “slow and steady” approach via Aesop and will post the individual columns on my blog for now.

I will not be adding current columns until the following year, so if you want immediate access to the newest websites, consider becoming a member of the
National Storytelling Network.

Merging the past with the present….

The Art of the Storyteller
In 1915 Marie Shedlock wrote as part of the forward for this book, “One of the surest signs of a belief in the educational power of the story is its introduction into the curriculum…It is just at the time when the imagination is most keen, the mind being unhampered by accumulation of facts, that stories appeal most vividly and are retained for all time.” The book, now in public domain, is available online from a woman who was truly ahead of her time.
Thanks to Meryl Arbing for passing this site along.

Oral Tradition Journal
A fabulous resource you will return to again and again. The Center for Studies in Oral Tradition at the University of Missouri has generously placed twenty-two years of their journal online. The site contains nearly 500 articles and 10,000 pages with the contents downloadable as pdf files. The site is also searchable by keyword or author name.
Thanks to Jo Radner for passing this site along.

Storytelling In Schools
Are you continually frustrated when school administrators and potential funders ask you for specific research to demonstrate the value of using storytelling in traditional classrooms? Well look no further! After months of detailed research Jackie Baldwin and Kate Dudding have organized an amazing, downloadable booklet and brochure that will help you meet that question head on. Quantitative studies, innovative projects books, journals, articles and web sites are all at your fingertips, but the best part is that the project is not complete; it is an ongoing process that will be continually updated as new studies surface.

Storytelling With Children
Storyteller Eric Wolf began the The Art of Storytelling with Children in 2007 and each week he offers interviews with a wide variety of storytellers from around the globe covering a different aspect of storytelling with children. You can participate online via iTunes or your own podcasting software, ask questions or just sit back and listen. Can’t make the day and time of the call? No worries; Eric has archived all of the podcast for your listening and learning pleasure. Subscribe and receive alerts for upcoming podcasts and listen to archived shows at

Many school systems celebrate the 100th day of school, which falls about mid-February with fun activities. What better way to fly into February than with lesson plans filled with  fairytales, folktales and fun!

A to Z Teacher Stuff
Find a folktale unit ideas for grades K-12 at this link then take a cyber-leap over to for several more lessons plans centered on specific folktales.       
Go “Around the World with Storytellers” using this springboard to literacy and diversity.

Teacher Planet
The Fairy Tale Resource page is full of lessons and units, worksheets, Web Quests and more.

Teacher Vision
Activities for African folktales K-5.

 February 26 is “Tell a Fairy Tale Day” and what better way to celebrate than by telling      fairytales!        

Forty-Four Turkish Fairy Tales
Be whisked away to the magical land of Turkey, courtesy of the amazing Sacred-Texts site.

Two of the original links to fairy tales I offered in this column are now defunct. I offer you these two blog links below in their place.
Celebrate with Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Wisdom, Wit and Wonder: Fabulous Fairytales

And if you missed any of the pervious “Slow and Steady…” blog posts here are the links to the  2007 series.

January February 2007

March April 2007

May June 2007

July August 2007

September October 2007

November December 2007

Karen Chace 2013 ©

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