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"There are stories everywhere.."

Storytelling is an ancient and valuable art that extends around the globe. We want ICAN students to develop their own storytelling talents, apply the techniques of storytelling, create storytelling guides, and perform a story for an audience. 

As long as there have been people, there have been stories. From the stories told in paintings on the ancient caves at Lascaux (Google it!) to the bedtime stories told to young children, stories make up our history and guide our future.

Finding and Mapping A Story

Stories are everywhere, but it can be hard to find a good story for telling. ICAN teachers first want to start with short stories that students can remember. Fairy tales such as Cinderella make good stories to tell. Folktales such as Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyan make good stories to tell.   Teachers make use of fairytales and folktales in books at ICAN Book Nook.  Teachers pick a story they like to read. If they don’t like the story, it will be hard to spend a lot of time with it. It is important to pick a story that has some things it says over and over. That makes it easier to remember. We can utilize MEMORY PALACE TECH in this course. This would be a story such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears when each bear says, “Someone’s been eating my porridge.”  Once the teachers have a story they want to tell, the students have to learn it really well. They will be reading the story three times.


By using the story mountain at right to lay out the main points of the story, students can make notes about the points on the lines provided.  

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