Back to Basics: Stories
Published: November 01, 2016
"The world is not made of atoms. It is made of stories." - Muriel Ruykeser
Stories, as a part of the fabric of a child’s growth, are invaluable. They provide young ones with the wonderment of far off places, bring them into unique situations, and help them acquire vast amounts of information. There are three to five stories in each Unit of GrapeSEED. These tools are a powerful way to introduce and reinforce to students a sense of story and exposure to common vocabulary and expressions within multiple contexts as well as continuous text across pages. Enjoy the time spent reading the GrapeSEED stories to your students and consider the progression of learning throughout.
When teaching stories:
Remember to teach each story in memory mode, providing students with questions and opportunities for discussion either before starting or after finishing the story. Since the goal of stories is, in part, to work on students’ oral language skills, we want the students to experience the story as a whole, uninterrupted unit each exposure so that they can take on the language found within and use it communicatively.
- Don’t forget to ask questions or start discussions with the stories. These materials are rich opportunities for the students to engage critically with you and their peers. Keep in mind that your questions should progress through the Unit as your class becomes more and more confident with the content of the story itself.
- Just like with all other materials, we expect that the students will be able to read/say the stories on their own without the teacher’s assistance by the end of the Unit.
Feel free to contact your GrapeSEED trainer. They will be happy to help!