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ERIC Number: ED369129
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 8
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Teaching and Storytelling: A "Foxfire" Approach.
Reynolds, George
Bread Loaf News, v5 n1 p10-14 Spr-Sum 1992
A storyteller, folklorist, music advisor and language arts teacher uses storytelling in his classroom to inspire students to talk, write, perform, listen, and learn. Beginning with a seventh-grade elective class, the teacher (an employee of the Foxfire project and not trained as an English teacher) decided to spend two weeks with the students developing a radio program, two weeks on a collection project, and two weeks of storytelling. Students in the first several 6-week elective courses ended up liking storytelling so much that they never got around to the 2-week collection project. Students also formed small groups of storytellers to produce and perform their own stories or folktales for other groups of students. Some students who could not work well in a group became solo storytellers. Many of these students who had known little success previously, found success by performing for others. Comparison of pre and posttest indicated that students learned about plot, narration, dialogue, characterization, setting, and point of view by writing and performing stories and folktales. Similar approaches were used with students in a tenth-grade class--half of whom hated to read, while the other half loved to read. One very poor reader who was an able solo storyteller was convinced by the teacher to read a book because it had "stories" in it. (Brief annotations of three recommended sources for storytelling and folktales are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Language: English
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