Contributed by Claudia Acosta
To develop and assess verbal and non-verbal collaboration, listening and creative story-telling skills and expression.
- 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.
Transición a la actividad
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.
Transición fuera de actividad
Reflecting on choices as a group verbally and non-verbally
Arreglo del aula
A clear space in classroom where students can sit comfortably in circle so students
can stand up and move.
Soportes / Materiales adaptables / Herramientas
- 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.
Papel de los maestros y paraprofesionales
- 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.
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