Storytelling and Reading Aloud

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Storytelling and Reading Aloud

a cura di Joseph Mayo

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Formazione Giunti Scuola


Formazione Giunti Scuola



- Benefits of reading aloud and storytelling.

- Practical ways to use reading aloud and storytelling

activities in class for older and younger students.


Story Reading (Reading aloud) and Storytelling

Reading Aloud


Storytelling and Reading Aloud

Reading aloud

-New language introduced in context

-Students learn meaning through the context and visual

and verbal cues

- Language can be slightly more difficult than current level

-Repetition of vocabulary and grammar structures

-Teacher can model pronunciation


Storytelling and Reading Aloud

What about Storytelling?


Storytelling and Reading Aloud

…fare una distinzione tra storytelling, che è una tecnica

quasi teatrale di narrazione e prevede un coinvolgimento

ampio dello spettatore, e ciò che comunemente viene

chiamato storytelling ma in realtà è riconducibile più a un

reading aloud o storyreading, ossia la lettura animata di

libri e storie.


“…compares effects of storytelling versus story reading on comprehension and vocabulary development of 32 British primary children. States one group listened to stories in

storytelling style, the other group listened to stories read by a student teacher. Finds children who witnessed storytelling scored higher on comprehension/vocabulary measures than did children who listened to story reading.”

“The Effects of Storytelling versus Story Reading on Comprehension and Vocabulary Knowledge of British Primary School Children”: Reading

Improvement; v35 n3 p127-36 Fall 1998, by Susan Trostle and Sandy Jean


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Storytelling and Reading Aloud

witnessed storytelling

listened to story reading


Storytelling and Reading Aloud

What does that mean, to witness?

-You are present

-You know something

-You experience something


Storytelling and Reading Aloud

‘The Hush’

Hamilton, Martha and Weiss, Mitch. Children Tell Stories: Teaching and Using Story Telling in the Classroom, 2/e. Richard C. Owen Publishers, 2005, (p.4)

‘The quality of listening on the part of your students is markedly different when you tell a story directly to them. Stillness descends over the

listeners. Technology has not replaced the power of one person telling a story to another.’


Storytelling and Reading Aloud


Hamilton, Martha and Weiss, Mitch. Children Tell Stories: Teaching and Using Story Telling in the Classroom, 2/e. Richard C. Owen Publishers, 2005, (p.5)

‘Storytelling is interactive. The teller sees the audience’s reactions

clearly and can adapt the story. If she sees fear in the eyes of

younger students, she might tone down the story a bit. On the

other hand, if a teller sees that his older students love the scary

parts, he can accentuate them.’


Storytelling and Reading Aloud

‘Stronger connections’

Hamilton, Martha and Weiss, Mitch. Children Tell Stories: Teaching and Using Story Telling in the Classroom, 2/e. Richard C. Owen Publishers, 2005, (p.5)

- Book is no longer a barrier

- Teller looks into the eyes of the listeners

- Uses gestures, facial expressions and body movements to enhance understanding


Story Reading to Storytelling

"Storytelling at Fifth Avenue Court"byacodringis licensed underCC BY-NC-ND 2.0 "Grade 2 class reading aloud period, Scott Street School, St. Thomas,


Reading Aloud


Reading Aloud –

Before Reading

I Like English, cl. 2a What is hide and seek?

Is it a game?

Who are the characters? What are their names?

Where are they? Is it

similar to your classroom? What is ‘riiiing’? What does ‘riiiing’ mean?


Activate New Language

Today’s story is in a classroom. What classroom words do you know? Make a list. See if the words from your list are in the story.


Activate New Language

Listen and point, repeat after me


Activate New Language – Flashcards


Activate New Language

Memorize new chunks with rhymes, songs and TPR activities


Predicting what the story is about

Reading Aloud –

Before Reading


Watch with no sound or subtitiles

Predicting what the story is about


Reading Aloud –

During Reading


Younger students can put the boxes in order


I Like English, cl. 2a

Reading Aloud –

After Reading

-Act out or Read

the story together.



I Like English, cl. 2a

Story Reading to


How can we turn

this into a





Give students choices





What Else?

-Write chunks of key language on the board that you/your students can use -Repeat language many times

-Look to students at key moments to give suggestions (is Fluffy over here in the bin (mime, move,etc.) or does she jump on Mary’s head?) Solicit response from the children.

-Use props if necessary

-Change voices with different characters and tone, volume, etc. to convey feelings and emotions – be





Consolidation after a story


- Teachers who tell stories and read aloud motivate their children

to read!

- When someone tells a story or reads aloud they create a sense

of community in the class.

- Stories in the classroom make it even more of a ‘safe space’ for

children and this makes them (and their teachers) feel good and

more relaxed!

- Encourages them to talk about their thoughts and feelings.



Let’s Try


Let’s Try


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