Sunday, September 29, 2013

Slow and Steady Wins the Race: Stor e Telling September October 2009

Tortoise and Hare
Jean Grandville, 19th Century
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. However, 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
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This issue deals with storytelling and school residencies so here are some sites to complement the theme.

A Few Steps to a Successful Artist Residency - An easy to follow guide to help you create and complete a successful residency. Although the information is from Minnesota, the information is applicable to other states as well.

Glossary of School Artist Residency Terms - From Grantmakers in the Arts a glossary of terms that are consistently used by educators, artists and researchers.

Storytelling: The Heart and Soul of Education - “This briefing paper presents research on the importance of storytelling in human experience, and explores the relevance of storytelling as an instructional tool...”

September is here and school bells are ringing. Here are lesson plans and resources to help you bring “happily ever after” into the classroom.

Fairy Tales From Life -Two fairy tales are used in this lesson plan, which also provides a number of resources to guide your students through the process. The lesson plan is aligned with the NCTE and IRA standards for grades 3 – 5. 

Folktales Writer’s Workshop - Find your way in the world of folktales with this wonderful writer’s workshop, with Alma Flor Ada and Rafe Martin. They offer tips, challenges and guidelines to help you write an original folktale. When your students are done, they can even publish their stories online.

Myth Writing Workshop - An online workshop with author Jane Yolen. Step-by-step instructions on how to write your own myth, coupled with writing strategies and warm-up activities.

PIZZAZ!  People Interested in Zippy and ZAny Zcribbling -A site dedicated to “providing simple creative writing and oral storytelling activities with copyable (yes, copyable!) handouts for use with students of all ages. Permission is given to use these resources for in-class, non-profit use only.”

When Tortoise Wins the Day: Using International Folktales to Teach Language Arts
There is nothing slow about this resource! An amazing 44 page document filled with valuable information on using storytelling in the classroom for grade K – 8. Folktales, lesson plans, activities, and links, all you need to introduce storytelling to your students.
*The original website link listed in 2009 is now dead. I have emailed the university but have not received an answer to date. However, I was able to find the pdf file using the Wayback Machine. You may access it at the link below.

It’s time to dig up those spooky stories. Here are some sites to help you fright and delight!

American Folklore – Spooky Stories - No, not the ghost of Christmas’ past but one of Halloween! I shared this site in 2005 but since then they have added many new tales as well as a few podcasts to send shivers up your spine! Definitely worth a second look. Leave the lights on!

English Folk and Fairy Tales - Lots of fabulous stories await including some tales to add to your Halloween repertories. Goblins, witchcraft, ghosts and drolls (yes, drolls, not trolls) are waiting for you just around the corner. Beware!

Not Just Halloween: Festivals of the Dead From Around the World
Learn how other cultures celebrate the holiday with this interesting article and complementing links on Japan, Mayan, Aztec, Mexico and more.

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



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