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  • Writer's pictureBeate Gillson

The Power of Storytelling

The Power of Storytelling

Today's research brings me to one of my favorite past times: story writing/telling. The use of storytelling addresses literacy, improves oral language, reading comprehension, and writing. There is a correlation between good readers and good writers. Reading like a writer allows one to actually become a writer. Engaging in storytelling activities is a way to motivate even the most reluctant readers/writers. Storytelling relies on the listener and the teller. It is a method of sharing knowledge, allows to be transported into another time and place. Those stories told will stay for longer in somebody's memory, with the pictures created during the performance of telling, through gestures, music, dance, speech. (visual imagination), making it a tangible experience. It is easier to retell the moral, the characters, the setting, the repetition, the sound, cultural knowledge, self-awareness. It was the instrument through which knowledge is passed from one generation to another, primarily told by the elders. Respect, moral, responsibility to oneself, others and the environment. In some cultures is the person who knows the legends, folktales, and ceremonies are considered to be a resource, a community builder, It enhances logic skills, vocabulary, and language, engages with emotions and is memorable. We are by nature storytellers and have to protect this sense of artistry and imaginative creativity. I have listed some of the greatest stories written/told. ...and the list could go on and on....

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