ERIC Number: ED486290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Tapestry of Tales: Stories of Self, Family, and Community Provide Rich Fabric for Learning
Stuczynski, Amy; Linik, Joyce Riha; Novick, Rebecca; Spraker, Jean; Tucci, Patti; Ellis, Debbie
US Department of Education
This resource guide provides information on how teachers from preschool through high school can use personal, family, and community stories to: (1) Bring students' narrative voice into the classroom; (2) Enrich teaching and learning by tapping into students' knowledge, lives, families, culture, and community; (3) Engage and motivate students to write; and (4) Reinforce reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking connections and competencies. This guide is divided into two main parts: a literature review and practitioner examples. The research and literature reviewed explore the topics of writing instruction and the importance of personal, family, and community stories. The practitioner examples describe projects teachers have implemented that use personal, family, and community stories. The examples draw on the insights and practices of teachers to show how schools in the messy, real world of the classroom are creating innovative and effective strategies to meet the needs of our increasingly diverse student population.
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Teaching Methods, Reading Writing Relationship, Relevance (Education), Student Motivation, Elementary Secondary Education, Creative Teaching, Writing Skills, Reading Skills
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 101 S.W. Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204. Tel: 503-275-9515; Web site: http://www.nwrel.org/nwedu.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.