Common Core Standards


Storytelling is a powerful, important teaching tool!

Benefits of Storytelling as Part of the Writing Process:

• Increases usage of interesting language
• Telling the story before the written draft provides opportunities for oral revision which actually focuses and expands the written text
• Helps the student develop their voice as a writer and clarify what they want to say
• Provides sparks for other stories
• Models narrative structures


Listening and telling stories build Reading skills:

• Predicting
• Making Connections
• Visualizing
• Summarizing
• Inferring
• Fluency and Expression
• Speaking and Listening
• Identifying Motifs and Themes
• Comparing and Contrasting

Storytelling encourages oral expression.

Acting out a story is a joyful opportunity to:

• Analyze text
• Develop characterization
• Explore the mechanics of dialogue
• Consider point of view
• Use alliteration, rhyme, and new vocabulary
• Practice sequencing
• Engage on a visual, oral, and kinesthetic level


Listening to stories positively impacts the classroom environment:

• Creates peaceful classrooms
• Provides conflict resolution strategies
• Focuses the group
• Promotes deep listening skills
• Introduces new concepts and information
• Expands and invigorates existing curriculum
• Models eloquent language
• Is a tool for character education
• Is a means to explore other cultures
• Promotes problem solving, creativity, and divergent thinking