With ever-increasing demands students' and teachers' time, arts programming coordinators and administrators want to be sure that guest artists are enhancing student learning in addition to providing a great performing arts experience.

My programs are designed to support curricula in English Language Arts and Social Studies in all grades.  I am very familiar with the Common Core Curriculum Standards and frequently reinforce key connections in my programs.

If a grade level has a particular curricular focus or subject they would like me to support in the context of my presentation, I am happy to present stories accordingly.   Please click here for a detailed description of my repertoire for school programs.

Teachers or program coordinators may e-mail me to discuss specific a curricular focus:  tellingstories@msn.com .

EXAMPLES FROM THE COMMON CORE CURRICULAR

READING COMPREHENSION:
READING STANDARDS FOR LITERATURE K-5

As students listen to stories, they utilize many of the same skills they develop during reading instruction.  Because the experience of listening story doesn't rely on the mechanics of reading, all students are able to engage in thoughtful analysis and in-depth critical response.  In the language of the standards, they listen:

"...closely, to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it.  [They] cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text."

Comprehension is, of course, essential to both reading and hearing a story.  Listeners in all grades will:

"...determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development, summarizing the key supporting ideas and details."

and:

" analyze how and why individuals, events and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text."

INTERGRATION OF KNOWLEDGE AND IDEAS

Once students listen and comprehend a story, its important they they are able to connect it to other stories they know, to the world around them, and to their own lives. Folktales are a perfect genre to develop these skills, as so many patterns and themes appear in stories across cultures

The Common Core Standards cite this specifically in relation to Grade 4, but the skill is relevant to all students.  Students will:

"Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g. opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths and traditional literature."

In another direct connection to storytelling, the Common Core Standards state:

"Students actively seek to understand other perspectives and cultures through reading and listening, and they are able to communicate effectively with people of varied backgrounds."

By listening to Folktales, which are

"...representative of a variety of periods, cultures, and worldviews, students can vicariously inhabit worlds and have experiences much different than their own.



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