“There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.” – Ursula K. LeGuin
Eteach were lucky to attend and sponsor the Trevithick Learning Academy’s fantastic event: Southwest Storytelling, with Pie Corbett. The day was a real success, with lots of participation from delegates and a great atmosphere. Storytelling and the talk for writing approach are proven to raise standards in writing. They provide children with the necessary vocabulary, understanding of language patterns and plot structure in order that they become effective writers. Pie Corbett, the creator of this approach, explained the theory behind this method of teaching and discussed effective classroom techniques;
The hosts of the event, Trevithick Learning Academy, provided examples of its effectiveness with live performances from their pupils. Nationally recognized for their storytelling approach, their methods provide the opportunity for children to engage with the story and learn language patterns which in turn further writing skills. Kaye Haywood, Vice Principal of the Academy described to us the importance of Storytelling at the School:
“Story writing is magical and helps us to bring our world and ourselves alive. The majority of children who attend our school do not come from language rich backgrounds. We all know the best writers are always children who read eagerly, consequently our children were not good writers and our results for writing were very poor.
Children who are read to and read themselves internalise narrative patterns and story language, then recycle them into their own writing. The idea of building a storehouse of stories inside children’s minds lies at the heart of ‘storytelling’. Using the storytelling approach to teach language means our children now internalise different story types, sentence construction and vocabulary, as well as characters, settings and events. Our approach releases creativity, builds our children’s confidence, has improved our standards dramatically, but most importantly our children now see themselves as writers.”
From Aesop’s Fables to the Canterbury Tales, storytelling is something that everyone can relate to:
Do you remember the first story you were told?
How important is storytelling in your classroom?