Tell Stories: Teaching and Using
Storytelling in the Classroom,
by Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss
2005 pb 288 pages
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The revised edition of this award- winning guidebook on
storytelling in the classroom includes over 80% new material.
The authors provide compelling rationales for the value of
storytelling, links to state literacy learning standards, detailed
storytelling unit tips, easy ideas for storytelling celebrations,
uses for storytelling throughout the curriculum, and carefully
selected and extensive bibliographies. Considered the classic in
the field, Children Tell Stories is useful to both experienced
and novice teachers and storytellers who work with students
from preschool through college.
The authors have
retold four folk tales for the Books for
Young Learners collection that are suitable for classroom
telling and reading: Two Fables of Aesop, How Fox Became
Red, Tricky Rabbit, and Why Animals Never Got Fire. Call or
visit our website for information.
Chapter Sheet (PDF)
Why Children Should Be Given
the Opportunity to Tell Stories
"Hamilton and Weiss
have thoroughly revised and updated their award winning
Children Tell Stories in a new
edition that is an indispensable guide to all aspects of teaching storytelling.
An accompanying DVD brings the entire process to life, following the progress of
third graders as they learn stories, cope with their fears, and master their
tellings for presentation at a family event. Interviews with children, teachers,
and families provide a broad context for the storytelling process."
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Beauty & the Beast
Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss, who live in
Ithaca, New York have been performing together professionally as Beauty &
the Beast Storytellers at schools, libraries, coffeehouses, museums,
festivals, and conferences throughout the United States and Canada since
1980. They leave it to their audiences to decide which one is the Beauty and
which the Beast.
Martha, formerly a reference librarian at Cornell university, began telling
stories as a hobby after she mistakenly walked into a storytelling workshop
while attending a library conference. She was eventually introduced to
Mitch by a friend who told her, “Mitch may not know it, but he’s a
storyteller." Mitch had majored in government as a student at Cornell,
a field which some have jokingly commented seems "perfect for a
storyteller.” At the time he was one of the owners/workers at the
cooperatively run Moosewood Restaurant, an Ithaca landmark because of its
best-selling vegetarian cookbook.
Martha and Mitch have also written
four of our Books for Young Learners
Two Fables of Aesop, Why Animals Never Got Fire,
How Fox Became Red, Tricky Rabbit