ERIC Number: ED225177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Creative Writing and Storytelling: A Bridge from High School to Preschool.
In addition to writing short stories, poems, and plays, seniors enrolled in a creative writing course in a New York high school compose and illustrate children's stories. They first become familiar with published works of children's literature so that they can learn to identify and appreciate story devices used by professional writers. As the students begin writing and illustrating their stories, improving the process rather than correcting the product is emphasized. When the stories are completed, volunteers learn storytelling techniques with which to tell their stoires: they may divide their plots into separate units of action and practice them in sequence; they may identify sections of their stories that should be memorized; they may practice up to twice a day for at least a week; and they may monitor their storytelling progress with tape recordings, with modification of their presentation based on thoughtful analysis. They then present their stories to preschool children participating in the school district's Child and Family Program. The benefits of meshing the creative writing unit with storytelling activities include the enjoyment of writing and "telling" stories, the positive reading experiences for children, and the development of a warm and loving relationship between the seniors and the children. Future plans for this program include extending the storytelling to the elementary school and to pediatric sections of local hospitals. (HTH)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Course Descriptions, Creative Writing, Cross Age Teaching, High School Seniors, High Schools, Preschool Children, Story Telling, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction
Phi Delta Kappa, 8th and Union, Bloomington, IN 47402 ($2.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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