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Storytelling: Oral Traditions

Storytelling: Oral Traditions is perfect for upper-elementary or middle school educators looking to explore the ways stories shape cultures and spark creativity. This lesson plan, part of a four-part curriculum on storytelling from PBS LearningMedia, highlights the "diverse nature and form of narratives." Designed to last one or two class periods, the plan is divided into two parts: What Makes a Good Story? and Stories in the Oral Tradition. Educators are provided with three videos (all of which are under five minutes) that explore the oral traditions of Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native storytellers. In addition to these multimedia examples, teachers are provided with a downloadable "Story Guide Worksheet" that asks students to reflect on one of the stories. The lesson plan satisfies three Common Core Literacy Standards, all while offering an engaging way for students to expand "fundamental literacy skill[s]." Educators will also find three additional lesson plans (covering "Tales of Everyday Life," "Performance and Art," and "Writers' Workshop") at the link above.
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