Story Circle

Goal: To develop and assess verbal and non-verbal collaboration, listening and creative story-telling skills and expression.

Story Circle
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Story Circle

Contributed by Claudia Acosta

Goal

To develop and assess verbal and non-verbal collaboration, listening and creative story-telling skills and expression.

Directions

  • Students sit in a circle. Then work together to improvise to create an original story based on a character and a setting chosen by students.
  • One at a time each student offers a sentence to move the story forward. When they are done with their part of the story, the group does one clap together for the next turn.
  • After the first sentence, students can choose to represent a character with a pose, gesture or sound to move the story forward for the next storyteller.
  • A teacher can illustrate a few images from parts of the story on chart paper when students need time to imagine the next part.

Transition into Activity

Inviting the group to come up with a character and setting engages their imagination and establishes their collaboration and puts them in the driver seat of the story.

Transition out of Activity

Reflecting on choices as a group verbally and non-verbally

Classroom Arrangement

A clear space in classroom where students can sit comfortably in circle so students
can stand up and move.

Supports/Adaptive Materials/Tools

  • Students can choose to verbally and non-verbally contribute to the story.
  • After each turn, the group claps to help keep the group together, establish rhythm and help us know when we are listening or when we are not.
  • Students can recreate favorite moments by others in their own way.
  • As we go – an adult illustrates on chart paper what is being said by students.

Role of the Teachers and Paraprofessionals

  • Can participate in the circle verbally or act out.
  • Help a student express their part of the story.
  • Ask guiding questions to build clarity in the sequence of the story using class vocabulary.
  • Encourage students to stand up or move to do their part.
  • Mirror physical choices students make, reiterate what was said or translate.
  • Illustrate literal descriptions.

Remote Adaptation

TA can write the initial character and setting chosen by the students in the chat; TA call on
students so each student gets to tell or act their part of the story

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Time

20 mins