How to Be a Good Storyteller

Once upon a time, a dangerous criminal was captured by a king. He was tried for his crimes and sentenced to death. The king offered the criminal two choices: death by hanging or passage through a large iron door with no information about what’s on the other side. The criminal pointed at the rope. As […]

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Fun Reading Tips Your Child Will Love

“Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage,” said C.S. Lewis, beloved author of literary classics such as The Chronicles of Narnia. He insisted, “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story.” When I was an […]

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Craft a Story People Want to Hear

“The best stories don’t teach people anything new,” insists Seth Godin, master speaker and entrepreneur. “The best stories agree with what the audience already believes and makes the members of the audience feel smart and secure when reminded how right they were in the first place.” Our stories have the potential to inspire us and […]

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Become a Terrific Storyteller

Once upon a time two campers toasted marshmallows by a small fire in the woods. An enormous brown bear suddenly roared into their camp. “Hurry! We’ve got to run and get out of here!” one of the campers shouted at his buddy. His friend casually picked up a tennis shoe, carefully tied the laces, and […]

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Voices in the City School

I posted short journaling activities for my seventh grade students on the board every morning.  Students responded to each statement or question in their writing notebooks when they entered the classroom.  I designed the journaling activities to serve as springboards for discussion during instruction.  Oftentimes, the writing activities invited us into deeper learning within the […]

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