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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.
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 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.
Young scholars explore narrative traditions and storytelling from Alaska, Hawaii, and other cultures. For this storytelling lesson, students think about how everyday events can become stories. Young scholars view "The Voyage of Kealoha" video and complete interactive computer activities.
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.
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.
Take the text of the Ramayana and let it become a visual funfest of student interaction. View through PowerPoint artistic representations of the characters of the Ramayana and Mahabharata, and have pupils complete the character study worksheet from their viewing and reading. The materials make it easy for the students to continue storytelling traditions. Have your writers create their own stories using the conflicts and characterizations from the lesson, and practice the oral tradition in class.
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.