Showing posts with label Story Telling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Story Telling. Show all posts

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Story Cove - A World of Cultural Stories

Story Cove is a free service that hosts audio and video stories based on the folktales from a variety of places and cultures. In all there are twenty-five stories hosted on Story Cove. The stories are divided by their continent of origin. Each story is intended to convey a lesson on culture and society. The stories can be watched as videos or listened to as audio-only recordings.

Story Cove provides a nice selection of lesson plans to accompany each of the stories in its collection. The lesson plans are in PDF form and include handouts for students. The lesson plans are categorized by story and by grade level, pre-K through grade 3. Story Cove also provides printable activities like mazes and word searches to accompany each story.

Applications for Education
Story Cove could be a good resource for early childhood and elementary school teachers. Through the videos and audio recordings the stories are accessible to students even if they cannot yet read on their own.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Barnes & Noble Passport to Summer Reading
Word Ahead Vocabulary Videos
WeboWord - Vocabulary Visualized

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Myths and Legends Story Builder

Myths and Legends Story Creator is a fun website that students can use to create their own cartoon myth story. The Myths and Legends story creator is a more than just your typical drag and drop cartoon builder. Myths and Legends allows students to create sound effects to insert into their stories.

Beyond the story creator, Myths and Legends has a gallery of animated myths and legends from history. The historical myths and legends are professionally built stories students can view. There is also a gallery of stories submitted by students.

Applications for Education
The Myths and Legends story creator could be a fun and engaging way to get students to write fiction stories. The galleries of Myths and Legends provide models that students could follow or draw inspiration from.

Thanks to Twitter user Georgygrrl for the link to Myths and Legends.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Autobiographical Mapping - Autocartography

Story webs or mind maps are staples in the handbooks about writing and writing instruction. Richard Smyth has a developed a mind mapping technique for writing autobiographical stories. Smyth calls the method autocartography or mapping one's story. In this slide show Smyth explains the technique. While some of the explanation and examples are probably too advanced for most students younger than junior or senior year, the concept itself can be applied and used in lower grade levels.

Monday, May 19, 2008

MapWing - Build Your Own Virtual Tour

Mapwing is a free web-based tool for creating your own virtual tours. If you have a digital camera and Internet access you can build a virtual tour. Mapwing virtual tours can easily be shared via url link or embedding into a blog or website. With Mapwing users can create a map of an area or building and then add placemarks with images along the map. The one feature I would like to see added to Mapwing in the future is the option of adding video to the placemarks along a virtual tour. The virtual tour embedded below demonstrates how a Mapwing virtual tour works.

Applications for Education
Mapwing could be used by students to illustrate the plot of a story. Students could construct the map of a story and then add images along the tour. This would work particularly well with non-fiction or historical fiction stories. The option to add captions to each image on a virtual tour might be a could way for students to create an original story using images they have taken or images they have found on the Internet. Mapwing might also be used by students to recreate their experience on an actual field trip or to tell the story of a family vacation.