Inspiring, practical, anchored in real classrooms…
“It is no secret that telling a good story is an effective way to excite students and entice them into a new area of study. But how do we find just the right story? How do we make that curriculum connection? Help has arrived for teachers who want to use story to excite and inform their students about social studies units! Stenson and Norfolk give us 29 answers!”
--Margaret Read MacDonald, author, storyteller and folklorist
“These road maps will guide our children and grandchildren to remember the stories we told and to reflect on when, where and why we told them. We need this kind of reflection and scholarship. All too often, we forget to honor the origin.”
--Emily Hooper Lansana, storyteller and Community Partnerships Manager, for the Arts and Public Life Initiative and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts University of Chicago
“An award winning master teacher and an award winning teaching artist have teamed up to bring hungry teachers a feast of brilliant ideas for teaching Social Studies using storytelling. It is an honor to be a contributor to this thought provoking and useful volume.”
--Elizabeth Ellis, storyteller
"Inspiring, practical, anchored in real classrooms, and infused with the rich diversity of the oral storytelling tradition-that's Social Studies for the Storytelling Classroom. Whether you are new to storytelling or a passionate storyteller already, this will be your go-to resource for teaching social studies through storytelling."
--Dr. Margaret H. Lippert, Storytelling Mentor, Lesley University, co-author of Why Leopard Has Spots: Dan Stories from Liberia.
“Gifted educators and storytellers from across the United States offer accessible but inspirational ways to make storytelling a portal to faceted insights about culture, history, geography, and identity. This handbook, organized around the National Council for the Social Studies standards, offers lesson and program ideas adaptable to any classroom or library setting.
-- Janice M. Del Negro, PhD, GSLIS Dominican University
“I would say that in working with adults in teacher education I have learned that a good story is worth a thousand pages of reading. They remember the story as a mnemonic for the principle. For children, we know that the structure of stories is a powerful link to comprehension.”
--Dr. Camille Blachowicz, National-Louis University
Jane B. Stenson and Sherry Norfolk, whose previous collaboration includes Literacy Development in the Storytelling Classroom, have a combined fifty-one years of classroom teaching experience and are both performing storytellers of considerable repute. Stenson lives in North Chicago, Illinois where she teaches at the baker Demonstration School. Norfolk lives in Atlanta, Georgia, though she is frequently on tour nationally and internationally.