Saturday, June 15, 2013

Summer Book Study: Chapter 1 Storytelling

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.

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


  1. I love the picture of the chair and plan to pin it! I have always wanted to create a special chair for sharing! You have such a cute blog and I am your 10th follower! Woo hoo!

    Blessings, Cindy

  2. Hi Cindy! Thank you so much for your kind words and for following my blog! However, I can't take credit for the chair. I found it on pinterest and it is from Author's Chair from Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations! If you click on the link above it will take you to her blog!! She has super cute ideas and next year I think I will finally use her idea for my very own author's chair!