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ERIC Number: ED401531
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Pages: 53
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing the Participation of Fourth Grade Students in a Storytelling Festival.
Poulsen, Karen
A program was designed, developed, and implemented to increase the participation of fourth-grade students in a district-wide storytelling festival in Florida. The target school was the only one in the area to send no students to the festival year after year. The program was planned to work with 10 students in a storytelling practicum with 3 goals, all of which were met. The first objective was that after 12 weeks of workshops on storytelling techniques, at least 2 students would participate in the annual storytelling festival. In fact, 7 attended. The second objective was that after 9 weeks of workshops, at least 50% of the students would tell a story from memory. In fact, 7 told a story. The third objective was that after 4 weeks of workshops, at least 80% would tell a story to a small group. In fact, all the students were able to do so. Techniques for achieving the objectives included group improvisations, vocal and physical exercises, creative dramatics, and participation in a preview performance. The good results obtained suggest that experience and exposure to storytelling are beneficial to students. Appendixes include a teacher survey; criteria for story selection and guidelines; story sequencing; storytelling criteria evaluation; and a newspaper article about the festival. Contains 18 references. (Author/TB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida