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Smith, Chris and Guillain, Adam: The Storytelling School: Handbook for Teachers

Magazine article School Librarian

Smith, Chris and Guillain, Adam: The Storytelling School: Handbook for Teachers

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Smith, Chris and Guillain, Adam

The Storytelling School: Handbook for Teachers

Hawthorn Press, 2014, pp165, 45.00 [pounds sterling]

978 1 907359 38 5

Smith, Chris

147 Traditional Stories for Primary School Children to Retell

Hawthorn Press, 2014, pp417, 45.00 [pounds sterling]

978 1 907359 39 2

If you have been inspired to use stories in your Schools curriculum, but not sure how to start, then these are the resources you need.

The first is volume 1 of a developing series of eight volumes to support the Storytelling Schools initiative to encourage and develop students to learn storytelling skills to build their confidence and fluency in spoken languages, and raise standards of reading and writing. Pie Corbett's forward emphasises that children need to first develop the story on an oral basis that can lead to a more structured and richer experience when the student eventually writes upon the page.

This exceptional manual enables the classroom teacher to work by themselves, or with the school as a whole, to develop skills using the retelling of stories, drama techniques and creative writing. It takes you step by step from learning a story, and telling it in class, to use of games, to teaching the class how to learn a story, and ways to develop and make up stories. It has clear instructions and is full of examples and helpful suggestions of how to maximise student thinking and input. …

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