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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 discuss Australian Aboriginal culture through a study of storytelling and dot painting.
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.
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, 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 lesson plan, 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 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.
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.
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.
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. 
Students orally retell the Yosemite Miwok legends and design accompanying artistic depictions. They discover the various storytelling elements, such as plot and theme.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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