ERIC Number: EJ865398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 9
Why Tell Stories?
Lockett, Jordan S.; Jones, Rose B.
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v45 n4 p176-178 Sum 2009
Storytelling was first developed as a means of transferring important historical information from one generation to another. Though stories are told today more often for entertainment and amusement, the art of storytelling remains of significant value to society. Whether the children are telling the story or simply listening to it, the benefits of introducing young children to storytelling are many. For this reason, storytelling should serve as a major component in an elementary curriculum. This article explores four significant benefits of storytelling: (1) development of oral language; (2) development of written language; (3) acquisition of important facts; and (4) bridging of cultural gaps. In addition to these benefits, storytelling provides students with the opportunity to build social skills. Through each story shared, students are able to relate their own personal experiences to those of their peers. Storytelling allows students to share common interests and improve social skills through conversation and play. It creates an environment that caters to maximum learning by engaging the students and making the learning process more fun and captivating.
Descriptors: Story Telling, Written Language, Oral Language, Teaching Methods, Elementary Schools, Child Development, Cultural Awareness, Interpersonal Competence, Skill Development, Prior Learning, Peer Relationship, Classroom Communication, Language Acquisition
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Education Level: Elementary Education
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