An oral storytelling approach to develop writing skills was used in a single section of fourth-grade students. Nine 1-hour weekly sessions involved: (a) oral presentation of a story, (b) a subsequent in-class activity carried out in small-group storytelling clubs, (c) a writing activity in which students wrote in their storytelling journals, and (d) selection ofafow students from each storytelling club to read their essays to the entire class. To measure the effectiveness of the approach, Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) writing scores of students participating in the storytelling project were compared to those of students not participating. Implications of the results are discussed in terms of the development of analytical and reasoning skills. Specific implications for classroom interventions are suggested.
Hanson, Trudy L.
"An Oral Storytelling Approach to Teaching Writing in the Primary Grades,"
Storytelling, Self, Society: Vol. 1
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/storytelling/vol1/iss1/6