“No child is fully educated or adequately prepared to live in an increasingly technological world without understanding the meaning and beauty transmitted by the arts.”
J.P. Getty, Trust Beyond Creating a Place for Art in America’s School, 1985

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Support in the Value of Storytelling in Classrooms

National Council for Teachers of English
Framework Standards of folktales / fairytales / myths / legends and oral presentation National Council for Teachers of English

Storyteller Karen Chace also offers extensive information on the benefits of storytelling in education

Recommended Resources

There are a number of publications, workshops and videos defining storytelling as an effective classroom tool. These resources impart knowledge educators, students and storytellers are fortunate to experience. We know that through storytelling we create mental imagery, nourish emotional intelligence, level the story experience between readers and struggling readers and create a community of compassionate listeners.

Storytelling in Education

Children Tell Stories: Teaching and Using Storytelling in the Classroom (Multimedia DVD included with the book) Martha Hamilton, Mitch Weiss (2005)

Favorite Folktales from Around the World, Jane Yolen (2006)

Literacy Development in the Storytelling Classroom, Sherry Norfolk, Jane Stenson, Diane Williams (2009)

Once Upon a Time… Storytelling to Teach Character and Prevent Bullying Storytelling in Education, Elisa Davy Pearmain (2006)

Storytelling: Art and Technique, Ellin Greene, Janice M. Del Negro (2010)

Super Simple Storytelling: A Can-Do Guide for Every Classroom, Every Day, Kendall Haven (2000)

Tales As Tools: The Power of Story in the Classroom, National Storytelling Association (U. S.), Sheila Dailey (1994)

Telling Stories to Children, Betty Lehrman (2005)

The Storyteller’s Start-Up Book: Finding, Learning, Performing and Using Folktales, Margaret Read MacDonald (2006)

The Storytelling Classroom: Applications Across the Curriculum, Sherry Norfolk, Jane Stenson, Diane Williams (2006)

Importance of Storytelling

Classroom Tales: Using Storytelling to Build Emotional, Social and Academic Skills Across the Primary Curriculum, Jennifer M. Fox Eades (2005)

On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction, Brian Boyd (2010)

Story Proof: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story, Kendall Haven (2007)

The Golden Thread: Storytelling in Teaching and Learning, Susan Danoff (2006)

The Way of the Storyteller, Ruth Sawyer (1977)

Cognitive Research and Instructional Strategies

A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Ruby K. Payne (2005)

Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement, Robert J. Marzano, Debra J. Pickering, Jane E. Pollock (2004)

How the Brain Learns, David A. Sousa (2011)

Research-Based Strategies Narrowing the Achievement Gap for Under-Resourced Students, Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D., Dan Shenk and Jesse Conrad (2009)