Once Upon a Time: Using Stories in the Language Classroom
by John Morgan & Mario Rinvolucri
The authors argue that almost everyone can tell stories convincingly,
especially given an outline to work from. A very wide range of these
from many cultures and sources, are provided. These can be used as a
resource for a variety of activities for students from beginner to advanced
including listening comprehension, grammar practice, oral production
and fluency practice. $32.95.
Invitation to Readers Theatre
by Helen Raczuk & Marilyn Smith
This approach to teaching and developing reading capitalizes on the child's
innate sense of rhythm and love of rhyme. The book celebrates seasons,
holidays and special events in a series of scripted rhymes, each one
which is followed by a carefully designed set of teaching suggestions,
children's activities, and a list of source books. $23.00.
Beyond the Beanstalk: Interdisciplinary Learning Through Storytelling
By Lynn Rubright
The author demonstrates how K to 6 teachers can use storytelling and
the expressive arts not as motivational tools to develop their student's
but also as ways to improve their own teaching styles. Each of the fifteen
chapters contains a storytelling project, from the story of Bellerophon
and Pegasus to a Family Folklore Unit, that may be adapted for several
grade levels. The book is filled with specific activities and drama games
to enhance children's creative responses. $32.95.
Classic Myths to Read Aloud
by William F. Russell
A valuable compendium of Greek and Roman mythology designed specifically
to be read to children aged five and up. Complete with the fascinating
histories of many common
words that originated in these myths. $17.95.
Readers Theatre Fundamentals, Second Edition
by Fran Averett Tanner
Written to help students become knowledgeable and successful participants
in Readers Theatre. The text is also meant to ease teaching preparation
by providing numerous
learning activities for student involvement. Each chapter features
one basic project that is presented in detail, beginning with a Chapter
Focus that supplies behavioural
objectives for the students. Also, there are many script samples,
warm-up activities and staging ideas included. $34.95.
Mysteries of Harris Burdick
by Chris Van Allsburg
A collection of fourteen drawings, with captions, that are like clues
to a larger mystery. Burdick's drawings have been, and may be, used
as a springboard for a storytelling
or drama class. Allsburg's reproductions of the drawings exhibit
the mystery and magic of each unfinished tale. $23.95. Portfolio
Readers Theatre in the Middle School and Junior High Classroom
by Lois Walker
A concise resource which includes chapters on general strategies for
teaching Readers Theatre, as well as four specialized in-class applications
for the method. There are also suggestions for casting, staging, and
performing the readings, and for using Readers Theatre as a springboard
for language development. Finally, the author has included two sample
scripts. $13.95 J/I (1996).
by Irene Watts
The comprehensive and practical ideas for participating in storymaking
range from filling in the gaps, adding words or details to generating completely
Students will discover how to find stories in the news, how to use
letters as stories, and how to uncover stories through updating folktales.
From strategies incorporating
sound to using simple objects, students will learn to explore the
world hidden in the lines of poetry and prose. $12.95.
Creative Storytelling: Building Community, Changing Lives
by Jack Zipes
Written with a special affection for young storytellers, this book explains
for stories can be told with an eye to canons, social standards, and
issues. A largely theoretical book which looks at encounters with fairy
tales, diverse genres such as fables, myths, legends and science fiction,
and discusses the topic of storytelling in context. As always, the author
stresses the importance of storytelling in schools. $36.50.
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