Monday, June 3, 2013

Chapter 1: Storytelling

And the book study is on its way.... Each week I'm going to give you my insight into each chapter.
Chapter1: Storytelling
How many of you have a "storytelling" time in your schedule? I had never thought about it until I read this book. DUH!? Of course students need to be able to tell a story before they can ever write one. I love how this chapter talked about the importance of every child has a story to tell.
Here are some key points:
*First Day- Read a book and then model telling a story.  Do not tell a story on the same topic as the book just read. Students will think their story has to relate to the book and it will not be personal anymore. Choose a few students to tell a story.
* have a basket with students names on clothespins to choose who gets to tell the story. Maybe something similar to below (remind students how to listen to the storyteller)

* Seat of honor for who is telling the story (make sure they are higher than you)
I think these are cute!! I love Pinterest
* Clipboard (with conference notes) to jot down the story told. Click below for a Freebie
* As students tell their story, rephrase their story to them so they can hear the language. "I understand...." Even hold up fingers through parts of their story to help with sequencing their story.
Students can participate in discussion with the storyteller by:
1. Saying what you understand "I understand..."
2. Asking a question to the storyteller
I hope this was helpful :) Please leave a comment or question.


  1. I love the freebie that you shared. Thanks so much! I've added a post to direct some peeps your way!


    Teaching with Grace

  2. Great Ideas. Thanks for sharing. I just purchased the book. I cannot wait to start reading. I love the chairs. I am thinking of making a share chair for my first grade classroom.

    The Very Busy Classroom

  3. I definitely need to decorate my Author Share Chair! I also have a bucket with clothespin names. :) I was thinking my class and I next year should come up with an anchor chart of responses when a story is shared- "I liked..." or "I wonder..."

    Thanks for sharing!

    Fun in PreK-1

  4. What a great idea. I am going to have to check out this book. It looks like it has a lot of great ideas.

    Kristy and Misty

  5. I love the Share Chair. Fun summer project! I just received the book as I was reading this linky! The 1st chapter really supports the idea that oral language is a huge indicator of reading and writing achievement!

  6. Thanks for sharing. The recording sheet will be very helpful. It was really helpful to see the images now I need to find a chair to decorate. :) I liked all the different examples of how to support student story tellers.