Category: Storytelling

This past week, I have been working with a teacher who is looking to enhance one of her novel units. In the past, she has used literature circle roles, where each student is assigned a particular task in the group, such as vocabulary finder, illustrator, discussion director, etc. She still wanted to keep those three roles but wanted to make them more meaningful because, let’s be honest, the vocabulary finder copies the definition from a Google search and has no idea what it means, the illustrator draws some stick figure picture, and the discussion director asks basic questions. So, read…

G Suite Reading Storytelling

Recently I was inspired to teach a small unit on children’s literature to my eighth grade students. The goal was to understand how children’s authors use plot, illustrations, and characters to tell a story that captivates their audience. After reviewing many children’s books in small groups, students collaborated on a Google Slide deck to discuss techniques that authors used, finding what was similar among their group. After discussing as a whole class, we prepared to write. Students brainstormed ideas based on personal experience and shared a story. We focused on our feelings during this time, which truly helped the students…

Storytelling