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Storytelling in the Classroom

Storytelling in the Classroom
Enhancing Traditional Oral Skills for Teachers and Pupils

  • Alison Davies - RSS Centre for Statistical Education, Nottingham Trent University

March 2007 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`Too afraid to have a go at oral storytelling in the classroom? This is the book for you!...The book guides you through choosing a tale you really enjoy, knowing your audience and not being afraid to adapt a tried and tested fairy tale' - Literacy Time

`This book is ideal for all adults working with children (mainly at primary level) and would be especially useful for those less confident or who are new to their role. It provides a great opportunity to practise an inspirational and creative approach to teaching and learning...I really enjoyed this book and took away much to think about' - Ruth Underwood, primary inclusion co-ordinator

`The ability level for this book is aimed at teachers teaching ages 5-11 and I'd say the author has it spot on. As an educational resource I rate this book highly and think it is a valuable read for all primary teachers. It helps you to think of how you can use storytelling as a tool in ways you won't have thought of before. It's a very enjoyable read and if you're pushed for time you can just dip into the parts you want. I definitely recommend it' - TES website

Drawing on her experience as a professional storyteller, in this book, Alison Davies show teachers how to develop storytelling skills as part of a new engaging approach to creative teaching and learning.

Packed with hands on, practical advice, the book also includes a range of stories for teachers to use in different class situations. The stories are in an easy to learn format, with pointers and tips on how to tell them and how to involve the class.

Topics covered include:

- bullying

- disabilities

- computer games

- friendship

- greed

There are also lots of lesson plans with ideas for starters, mains and plenary sessions, and tips on developing creativity and presentation of ideas in an engaging manner to suit any topic or situation across the curriculum.

As well as giving the reader the opportunity to practice their new skills and giving them the confidence to develop their own stories, the activities help them to develop these skills in young people.

The book is ideal for teachers, teaching assistants, youth club workers-anyone in a primary level setting who has the opportunity to develop storytelling as a creative and inspirational experience.

Alison Davies has also edited Shrouded in Darkness: Tales of Terror to raise money for DebRA, a national charity working on behalf of people with the genetic skin blistering condition, Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). The book features contributions from from Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Christopher Fowler, Simon Clark and Graham Masterton. All royalties from this book will go to the charity to help them continue their good work.

Once upon a time

00T Part One Techniques for Teachers
The Path of the Storyteller

Don't lose the plot!

It's the Way They Tell Them!

In the Classroom

Happily Ever After

The King's Cloak - a Traditional Tale

02T Part Two Tales for Telling
Spot the difference - A tat Rootwhistle Tale

Second Chances - A Tat Rootwhistle Tale

The Butterfly Boy - A Tat Rootwhistle Tale

Playing By Numbers - A Tale of Data Handling

The Magic Box - A Magical Tale About Self Belief

Only in Pictures - A Tat Rootwhistle Tale

The Water Lord - A Traditional Tale of Good and Evil

To Be Me - A Tat Rootwhistle Tale

The Friendship Game - A Tat Rootwhistle Tale

The Music Man - A Traditional Ghost Story

Bibliography and Further Resources

Good read throughout with useful elements that can easily be incorporated.

Mr Fraz Dar
Faculty of Engineering & Computing, Coventry University
July 1, 2015

An excellent book for anyone that delivers a course to early years practitioners.

June 12, 2015

Recommended to CACHE L3 studying the new QCF course. Meets the assessment criteria that requires students to have an understanding of activities that encourage language, literacy and communication.
Includes lesson plans and ideas.

Mrs Beverley Owen-jones
September 13, 2013

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ISBN: 9781412920254