Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Function of Storytelling, Part 2 of 2 - Section 2: Small Group Work


I was very happy with the variety of items students included in their web. These include things like “pass down tradition to future generations,” “explain past and present,” “remembering where you came form and what you’ve been through,” “to teach lessons,” “to entertain,” “letting the audience experience what they went through,” and “keeps people together.” Together, these items do a good job of representing the variety of reasons people are drawn to storytelling. Storytelling is a fundamental human act. The time I gave them to collaborate allowed them to access the inherent knowledge of this important act and to draw it out through talk. This is a good base from which students can begin brainstorming possible stories to write. These are some more sample webs that include the functions listed above.

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Storytelling Web
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Function of Storytelling, Part 2 of 2

Unit 4: Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony
Lesson 9 of 11

Objective: SWBAT make use of their knowledge of storytelling by brainstorming a story they will tell in writing and using the functions of storytelling included in a web done in collaboration to guide their thinking.

Big Idea: Our personal stories serve one of the many functions of stories we identified.

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