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5th - 8th, Homeschool
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This is a 5 day unit focused on storytelling and most successful with fifth through eighth grade students and classes in language arts, reading, drama and ESL. Students strengthen their writing, listening, speaking skills and having fun doing so!


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HOW CAN I USE THIS UNIT IN MY CLASSROOM? This unit could be studied separately or in conjunction with a study of memoirs, writing a monologue, creative writing or to practice speaking English.

The product includes:

  • Rationale
  • Procedure
  • Teacher's Script--what I say and how I say it!
  • Effective Storytelling Techniques
  • Materials List
  • Assignment for Embarrassing Storytelling Day
  • Outline Assignment
  • Tips and Advice
  • Video Clips—student examples and a history of storytelling
  • Sources

Created and field-tested by an award-winning drama teacher of thirty-eight years. Students loved this unit for many years.

I am committed to updating my resources and keeping them fresh. This lesson was updated on August 27, 2020.

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Total Pages
24 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.


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