Storytelling to Open Minds and Hearts
Dear Teacher and Leader,
The stories of our lives often hold some of our greatest wisdom. When we share our stories with each other, we express our identity, details about our heritage, the places where we are unique and the things we hold in common. Stories often speak of what we hold important or precious to us.
In addition, storytelling activities build verbal communication skills, improve critical literacy and develop the imagination.
Consider bringing storytelling into your classroom to create community among diverse student groups and to link lesson plans to personal histories.
In this Diversity Memo for Teachers you will find a storytelling activity that can be adapted for any group of students along with some starter ideas for larger lessons plans. You will also find links to other online resources that use storytelling in the classroom to open hearts and minds.