Teacher's e-course on the S@TM: Developing your own story


E-lesson 12: Create your own stories: Why?

Aim of e-lesson 12 is to increase your motivation in creating new stories. You will definitely need this motivation since creating a new story is a worthwhile but challenging task.

Time required: 30΄


Read the following two adapted extracts

A. What is Storytelling?

According to storytelling Teaching Model: http://science-story-telling.eu

Storytelling is an art. It relates a tale to one or more listeners through voice and gesture. It is not the same as reading a story aloud or reciting a piece from memory or acting out a drama—though it shares common characteristics with these arts. The storyteller looks into the eyes of the audience and together they compose the tale. The storyteller begins to see and re-create, through voice and gesture, a series of mental images; the audience, from the first moment of listening, squints, stares, smiles, leans forward or falls asleep, letting the teller know whether to slow down, speed up, elaborate, or just finish. Each listener, as well as each teller, actually composes a unique set of story images derived from meanings associated with words, gestures, and sounds. The experience can be profound, exercising the thinking and touching the emotions of both teller and listener.”

1.         Where to Find Stories

Science stories could be constructed from historical backgrounds of   specific concepts, and the biographies of the scientists who develop these concepts. The historical backgrounds are selected in such a way as to contain interesting parts of stories with NOS. Stories in general could be found in different places. Original stories can be created with the use of imagination. Other stories could be selected from the internet, the family, myths, and legends, historical accounts, etc.

2.         Why Storytelling is a Vital Art Form

Storytelling engages the listener in whole brain activity. Both the logical and creative sides of the mind are utilized when listening to a story. In addition, storytelling:

  • Encourages appreciation of language and literature
  • Demonstrates values
  • Promotes literacy
  • Teaches communication and social skills
  • Celebrates cultural diversity
  • Preserves history
  • Inspires creativity
  • Engages


Extract adapted from Martha Hamilton & Mitch Weiss (2007), Beauty & the Beast Storytellers Adapted from Children Tell Stories: Teaching and Using Storytelling in the Classroom For more information, see: www.beautyandthebeaststorytellers.com

B. Why Use Storytelling?


1. Storytelling is the oldest form of education. Cultures have always told tales as a way of passing down beliefs, traditions, and history to future generations. Stories are at the core of all that makes us human.

2. Stories are the way we store information in the brain. A list of facts will be forgotten, but stories are remembered. Stories help us to organize information, and tie content together.

3. Stories go straight to the heart. Because students are emotionally involved and truly enjoy storytelling, it can help to create a positive attitude toward the learning process.

4. There is a difference between telling and reading. Without the book as a barrier, the teller looks directly into the eyes of the audience and is free to use gestures, facial expression, and body movements to enhance the telling and help children understand the story better. The reader sees only the words on the page, while the storyteller sees the wonder and excitement on the faces of the listeners.

5. Listening to stories instills the love of language in children and motivates them to read.

6. Storytelling stimulates the imagination. Scientist Albert Einstein said that "imagination is more important than knowledge.”

7. Stories teach lessons. Stories are excellent tools for teaching about desirable behaviors and strengthening character.

8. Storytelling develops listening skills. Storytelling helps students develop concentration, and the pure pleasure that they experience while listening to a story helps them to associate listening with enjoyment.

9. Stories act as a humanizing element. They help to counteract the increasing emphasis on technology at home and in school.

10. Telling stories from around the world creates an awareness and appreciation of different cultures.

11. Storytelling by teachers motivates students to tell stories. Students recognize storytelling to be an authentic activity, and a skill that is well-worth acquiring. We have found this to be true whether they are telling world tales, works by other authors, or their own stories. But you, the teacher, must model for them.


You don't have to tell a story perfectly or very dramatically to be successful! Students of all ages love stories and are very forgiving audiences. After watching storytellers tell stories to students, teachers often say: “Look at how quiet those kids were; they were mesmerized.” We tell them it’s not us creating the “hush.” It's the stories. If you choose a story you really love and tell it from the heart, you'll have that great attention, too.



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