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ERIC Number: ED405604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 3
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Never Too Old for Stories (Tales of a High School Information Specialist).
Fifield, Carol
Storytelling World, n9 p18-19 Win-Spr 1996
A high school library media specialist uses storytelling regularly in her oral presentations for students. For an audience of adolescents, stories need to be selected carefully and edited to keep the action moving. Music and character voices are effective in capturing and holding teenagers' attention. Storytelling is a tool for curriculum enhancement, and for promoting both the pleasure of reading and the use of the information center's resources. It develops listening and analytical skills, vocabulary, imagination, and a sense of story structure and language. Stories can give a human face to another culture, and they can cause teens to think about values. Sometime a story has a therapeutic effect on a class or an individual. Before teachers take their students to the information center, they collaborate with the staff to integrate information skills with curriculum activities. There are appropriate stories for language arts (myths/legends), social studies (multicultural folktales), science (environment), and math (problem solving). One idea is to begin a story club to nurture the pleasure of stories, both oral and written, among students. Students can also give informal book talks to each other about what they are reading. If the club begins with ninth graders, lifelong readers may be nurtured. In the 4-year high school period, an environment where reading and telling stories are natural can enrich the students' lives. (NKA)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Language: English
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