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How to prep for story teller visit?

Jan 27, 2013 6:46pm

I'm a middle school Teacher Librarian inviting a story teller to visit. I want to prep school community for the visit. Would love suggestions above & beyond read books the story teller & author has published :) Not so happy that I have to click "other" for subject. Librarians are teachers too! I see this as a great collaborative opportunity.

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    • Jan 29, 2013 9:07am

      For me, part of storytelling is in the performance. Perhaps showing some great storytellers at work will ignite some questions for your guest. Another option might be to have your school community do some storytelling of their own.

      • Jan 30, 2013 9:57pm

        FYI, you don't have to choose other. You can choose the most fitting for your question. This will help others who are looking for questions related to language arts for example find you in the filter list.

        • Feb 19, 2013 7:56pm

          I love Sarah's idea of engaging the community in their own story telling. Since the oral language part of story telling is so integral, it might be worth having students reflect on how story tellers use intonation, emphasis, etc. to communicate subtext or influence listeners opinions.

          • Jan 5, 2014 11:14pm

            Connect the kids to the story teller by examining stories they have written or told. Ask lots of questions about stories they have composed--at any age. Help them understand the craft of storytelling--how the storyteller sets the scene and how the audience is drawn in, repetition of sounds of phrases or activities in the story--and how that relates to what they have experienced. Once the kids' awareness is raised, then move on to discuss elements of stories--the core of the story, characters, etc.--and how the storyteller uses them. Explore stories that are similar to those your guest will bring and set students up to compare and contrast them after the visit.