EDPU 513: Storytelling in Teaching and Learning (K-12)

Stephen York

EDPU 513: Storytelling in Teaching and Learning (K-12)

Course Description:

Stories are essential to the human experience and have the power to create understanding and change and make learning meaningful.  This inquiry-based study explores the creative relationship of imagination and teaching through stories and storytelling.  Students will continue to grown in their own critical skills, in order to effectively use storytelling as a means of “teaching across the curriculum,” and to fully prepare students to be informed, democratic participants of society.  This is an experiential, hands-on learning opportunity for K-12 educators.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify authors of classical and contemporary American short stories from Washington Irving to the 21st Century.
  • Articulate the connections between the American short story, geography of place, and community building.
  • Create a standards-based unit with appropriate models of instruction and assessment based on the Common Core State Standards.
  • Connect the socio-cultural-political influences on the lives and work of notable American short story writers.
  • Demonstrate a mastery of literary terms and concepts.
  • Provide evidence of utilization of 21st Century competencies.

Course Textbook:

Norfolk, Sherry, Jane Stenson, and Diane Williams.  The Storytelling Classroom: Applications Across the Curriculum.  Englewood, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.

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