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I Tell, We Tell, You Tell: Oral Language Development
Building A Solid Foundation for Reading and Writing

The latest educational research affirms what storytellers have always known, oral language development is the key to reading and writing. Within this action packed participatory presentation you will learn at least three stories that you can tell. You will also learn techniques to improve your storytelling skills and teach storytelling to your students. Author and storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis will highlight the research implications of oral language development as a potent tool in teaching basic literacy in the early childhood setting. Grounding the latest research in literacy education with practical classroom tested ideas, this dynamic presentation is guaranteed to reinvigorate your classroom.

 

Storytelling Basics:

Within you is a storyteller waiting for the right opportunity to tell your tale. In this participatory workshop you will learn the skills necessary to enrich your classroom with tales both tall and true. Through theater games, voice exercises, and mime you will develop your talents. Through lively discussion and hands-on activities you will learn how to teach your students how to tell stories.

 

Sing Along! Act It Out! Everyone Joins In!:

Audience Participation Stories For Young Children - Young children love to squirm! Invite them to fidget and wiggle in a manner that adds artistry to the tale while avoiding destructive behavior. In this participatory workshop you will learn the skills necessary to enrich your day care with the best that children's literature has to offer. Through traditional folklore and audience participation stories you will develop your talents as an interactive storyteller.

 

Why Tell Stories: The Magic and Methodology of Storytelling

The latest educational research affirms what storytellers have always known, oral language development is the key to reading and writing, storytelling is the keystone for integrating science, math and history, storytelling is encoded in our DNA. In this mix of audience participation storytelling and academic research, listeners will walk away with a few new stories, and more importantly a solid theoretical foundation for nourishing our work.

 

Playing With Genre:

Using Oral Language Skills to Improve Reading and Writing

Improving writing scores and reading skills is really about teaching thinking. In this participatory workshop you will use oral language to initiate writing in several genres including poetry, persuasive, narrative, and expository writing. We will engage in lively persuasive debate, tell personal stories and essay important ideas.

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