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Australian Aboriginal Art And Storytelling
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.
Native American Storyteller Sculptures
The Cochiti Pueblo Indians make lovely dolls out of clay. These dolls are storytellers, just like the kids in your class. Have youngsters read, write, and investigate the origin and purpose of these great artifacts. Then have them use air drying clay to create their own. A great cross-curricular idea that includes a fine resource list and images.
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.
Australian Aboriginal Art and Storytelling
Students discuss Australian Aboriginal culture through a study of storytelling and dot painting.
Native American Storyteller Figure
Third graders explore cultures that use clay figures in the art of storytelling. They discover the importance of cultural history being passed through generations. They also form their own storyteller from a clay figure.
Digital Storytelling Lesson Plans Bring Stories to Life
Students can use technology to enhance and improve their stories using digital storytelling lesson plans.
Storytelling: Oral Traditions
Students experience oral traditions in storytelling from a variety of cultures. In this storytelling instructional activity, 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.
Storytelling: Tales of Everyday Life
Students explore narrative traditions and storytelling from Alaska, Hawaii, and other cultures. In this storytelling lesson plan, students think about how everyday events can become stories. Students view "The Voyage of Kealoha" video and complete interactive computer activities.
Paul Bunyan: Opening the Door for American Storytelling
Guide the next generation of storytellers with these American oral tradition stories.
Storytellers: Pearl Jam, Lesson 1
Students examine the meaning of genre, and specifically investigate the musical genre of grunge. They view and discuss photos, watch the video, "VH1 Storytellers: Pearl Jam," answer discussion questions, and paraphrase the lyrics to a Pearl Jam song.
Storytelling: Oral Traditions Learning Center
Students explore the oral traditions. In this storytelling lesson, students compare and contrast stories from the cultural traditions of Alaska and Hawaii.
Students prepare index cards listing characters, plots and settings. In this storytelling lesson, students work in groups, pulling cards from each category and creating stories.
English - "Once Upon a Time" - Storytelling
In this storytelling worksheet, 4th graders fill in 17 missing words without looking at the story. After the students read the story again aloud in pairs, the students complete a matrix on how well each student reads the story aloud.
Storytelling and Culture
Students examine the cultural tradition of storytelling. In this storytelling lesson, 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.
Australian Aboriginal Art and Storytelling
Students 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.
Storytellers in the Mountains of North Carolina
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.
A Listening Doll: Create Traditional Native American Storyteller Dolls
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!
Storytellers Past and Present
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.
A Storytelling Festival
Students examine oral storytelling examples from Native American cultures. They select stories to present orally to the class as part of a storytelling festival. They also think of familiar customs and create their own stories.
The Importance of Storytelling
Students 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.