Chapter 1: Storytelling
- Storytelling is the 1st step to writing
- All children have stories to share and tell.
- All teachers have stories, so we can easily model this for our students!
- Create a safe place for all children to feel comfortable sharing their stories.
Author's Chair from Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations
A long time ago I found this picture on Pinterest, but I never took the time to create it and put it into use in my classroom. While reading chapter one of Talking, Drawing, Writing I immediately thought of this Author's Chair and how this would engage students and excite students to share their own stories!
Children's Oral Stories
- When students share their stories orally we recognize children for being an individual. It's not important at this time for them to need to draw pictures or write letters yet.
- Builds a classroom community
- When classmates listen to each other's stories students learn about each other and quickly build friendships with similar interests and similar experiences.
- Oral storytelling helps students organize their thinking.
- Students begin to learn the elements of writing.
Thinking of Stories to Tell
- Teachers should begin modeling their stories with ordinary, everyday stories.
- Asks students to think about what they know a lot about!
Students should continue to share their stories orally as the focus of Writer's Workshop for the first two weeks of school.
Coming Up Next:
Chapter 2: The Drawing and Writing Book