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Social Studies Instruction Through StorytellingSlide 2Slide 3Slide 4Slide 5Slide 6The real results: What do the kids have to say????Slide 8Slide 9Works CitedQuotes about storytellingSlide 12Social Studies Social Studies Instruction Instruction Through Through Storytelling Storytelling Social Studies Social Studies Instruction Instruction Through Through Storytelling StorytellingSusan CothranSusan CothranRiverview Elementary SchoolRiverview Elementary SchoolEDUC 655EDUC 655Inquiry Project 2006Inquiry Project 2006Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact. — Robert McKeecurrency of human contact. — Robert McKeeStrategies for Incorporating Social Studies into the ClassroomStudents can dress up like historical figures, narrating specific events in history seen through the eyes of a person during that time period such as a soldier, slave, woman, or child. Example: A student could dress up like Harriet Tubman to tell the story of the Underground Railroad.Allow students to become storytellers by giving them historical facts and events and allow them to create stories. Example: Give students the facts about the bombing of Pearl Harbor and allow students to create their own stories and allow sharing sessions to listen and compare stories. Students can recite poetry to describe a particular period of time.Begin a story and stop early to allow students to write an ending to a story. Example: Introduce the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima to the students by telling a story about Roosevelt passing away and Harriet Truman taking over. Stop the story right after telling them that Truman will have to make the biggest decision of his life, either by using the atomic bomb or continuing to fight in WWII. Have the students write an ending and then allow time for sharing before telling what actually took place.Introduce a lesson or concept with a book.Example: Read The Terrible Things to supplement teaching students about the Holocaust.The real results: What do the kids have to say????•“It helped me a lot and made Social Studies a fun part of a lesson. My social studies grade went up and it helped me to understand. I hope my sixth grade teacher does this!” •“I think storytelling has helped me because if I tell stories, I can study it because it’s like a summary.”•“Even though I don’t feel storytelling has helped me, it does make Social Studies more fun.”•“Social Studies was my worst subject in 4th grade, but now it’s my best! It has been a use of improvement for me.” •“Storytelling is fun and helps me to understand. I think you should allow students to come up and be involved.” •“Storytelling in Social Studies has helped me learn a lot better because the lessons are more EXCITING!!”•“I like the way you’re doing Social Studies because I can learn much better than reading out of a text book, and it’s a lot more fun too!”•“Social Studies is more interesting when it’s a story instead of facts out of a book, and it makes me think about it more.”•“Storytelling in Social Studies make me pay more attention!”•“Storytelling in Social Studies helped me because reading out of a book is confusing and hard to figure out. Storytelling is better at putting a mental picture in my head of what we are talking about and it gives a lot of examples.”Works Cited•(1998). Classroom strategies for encouraging collaborative discussion. National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, ED435188. Retrieved Feb 2, 2006•(2000). Teaching storytelling: a position statement from the committee on storytelling. National Council of Teachers of English, ED450385. Retrieved Feb 2, 2006•Colon-Vila, L. (1997). Storytelling in an ESL classroom. Teaching PreK-8, 27. Retrieved Feb 2, 2006 •Groce, D. R. (2004). An experimental study for elementary teachers with the storytelling process: interdisciplinary benefits associated with teacher training and classroom integration. Reading Improvement, Retrieved Feb 2, 2006 •Koki, S. (1998). Storytelling: the heart and soul of education. . Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Retrieved Feb 2, 2006 •McCabe, A. (1997, May ). Cultural background and storytelling: a review and implications for schooling . The Elementary School Journal, 97. Retrieved Feb 2, 2006Quotes about storytelling•‘Thou shalt not’ is soon forgotten, but ‘Once upon a time’ lasts forever.” —Philip Pullman (1996 Carnegie Medal acceptance speech)•“God made man because he loves stories.” —Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlev ( as quoted by Steve Sanfield)•“Stories tell us of what we already knew and forgot, and remind us of what we haven’t yet imagined.” —Anne’s my “story”, and I’m sticking to

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