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Students explore Aboriginal storytelling traditions through the spoken word and through visual culture. They listen to stories of the Dreamtime told by the Aboriginal people and investigate Aboriginal storytelling in contemporary dot paintings.
Students can use technology to enhance and improve their stories using digital storytelling lesson plans.
Students experience oral traditions in storytelling from a variety of cultures. In this storytelling lesson plan, students watch short video about oral traditions and of two cultural stories. They look for commonalities and differences in the stories. They examine how oral traditions are passed down and complete an associated worksheet.
Students explore narrative traditions and storytelling from Alaska, Hawaii, and other cultures. In this storytelling instructional activity, students think about how everyday events can become stories.  Students view "The Voyage of Kealoha" video and complete interactive computer activities.
Guide the next generation of storytellers with these American oral tradition stories.
Students prepare index cards listing characters, plots and settings. In this storytelling activity, students work in groups, pulling cards from each category and creating stories. 
Experiment with multimedia storytelling. After watching a segment of American Family, first, middle and high schoolers tell a story about their families, clarifying the setting, characters, and script. They work on setting their story in a multimedia format, using digital pictures and music to accompany their script.
Students examine the cultural tradition of storytelling. In this storytelling lesson plan, students explore stories from 3 different cultures and evaluate the roles that storytelling plays in each of the cultures to pass on values and beliefs.
Young scholars explore the Aboriginal storytelling tradition through the spoken word and through visual culture as they listen to stories of the "Dreamtime" told by the Aboriginal people and examine contemporary dot paintings.
Fourth graders analyze the contributions of Appalachian storytellers. In this North Carolina history lesson, 4th graders use provided Internet resources to research the lives of selected storytellers and compare their own lives to the lives of the storytellers as they write biographies for the storytellers.
In this wonderful cross-curricular lesson, your youngsters will learn about Pueblo Indian storyteller dolls by creating their own! They discuss the tradition of story telling, especially in reference to Native Americans. Consider ending the day by telling a story! 
Students read and discuss an article about Olga Loya, a modern storyteller. They watch a videotaped performance of a story and then create a storytelling experience for a story of their choice to share with the class.
Learners examine how African Americans escaping slavery used storytelling to communicate. They listen to and read the lyrics for the song, Follow the Drinking Gourd, view the Reading Rainbow video, and write and illustrate their own story.
Bring digital storytelling to your language arts class! To begin, learners select their own topic, such as a poem that reflects a life experience they had or a historical figure who interests them. Then they work to create a storyboard and eventually a digital presentation that tells the story of their selected topic through pictures. A great lesson idea, these activities could easily be adapted to the study of poetry, historical figures, or even earth science concepts.
Students examine the specific form and function of tall tales and toasts. They discover the importance of performance in the telling of a story and the importance of rhythm in the telling of toasts. They create stories of their own, in the form of one of the styles of storytelling that they had heard in class.
Students study and participate in a Native American traditional learning experience--storytelling. They read legends and choose a legend to tell and illustrate.
Young scholars discuss the elements of storytelling.  In this narrative writing lesson, students research stories from a variety of cultural backgrounds.  Using the steps of the writing process as a guide, young scholars create individual narrative writing pieces.  Students implement various elements of storytelling, including character development, action and plot into their pieces.
Students read Native American legends and practice storytelling skills. They complete a worksheet about the elements of storytelling and create an iMovie.
Students explore the art of storytelling and stories from various cultures. Students experience Japanese and Chinese culture as well as Greek mythology. Students create and present their own Greek mythology topic to the class.
Students research the art of storytelling. The stories were used by societies to tell about significant events in the lives of individuals. There are important aspects of storytelling composition and performance that make the delivery and the message behind a story effective.

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