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This is an 8 day unit focused on storytelling using a Japanese form of storytelling called Kamishibai as its springboard. This unit is successful with third through seventh grade students and classes in language arts, reading, drama, world history, social studies and ESL.

This product was updated October 16, 2020.

In addition, a teacher could assign this unit to those students who are distance learning. #DistanceLearningTPT

Broken into eight class periods, the unit can be halted intermittently if need be.

The product includes:

  • What is Kamishibai storytelling (using its form as a model)
  • The History of Kamishibai
  • How to Analyze Illustrations Just Like Film Makers Do!
  • Effective Storytelling Techniques
  • Procedure
  • Teacher's Script--What I say and How I say it!
  • Materials List--Most You Will Have in Your Classroom All Ready
  • Instructions How Create the Boards and the "Tricky Part"
  • Tips and Advice
  • Editable Storytelling Rubric
  • Sources

The best part? This storytelling style can be used with ANY story. Students are highly engaged and LOVE this unit!

Created and field-tested by an award-winning drama teacher of thirty-eight years, Kamishibai storytelling guarantees you and your students a rewarding experience.

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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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