Tip: Student Oral Storytelling
How do I do it?
Students can retell their own or other stories that they have read. The story can be short or quite long depending on the student. Model effective storytelling by explicitly demonstrating each of the 6 strategies above. Next allow volunteers to practice in pairs or small groups with a short story they have heard many times or one that they have shared orally or in writing about their own life etc.
Variations & Extensions
Allow students who may need extra support to tell a story in pairs. Students can make or collect illustrations and simple props for their story. Students may also want to create a short PowerPoint or Keynote presentation to tell a story or, perhaps, change the ending or add character for the story in their presentation.
Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standards 5&6
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
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