Stories are vital. If we teach young people how they can learn from stories, they will have acquired a skill that will sustain, inform, and inspire them throughout their lives. The “What Is a Story?” slideshow summarizes the evolution of storytelling from the oral tradition to the written word and shares the amazing breadth of stories—fairy tales, myths, legends, folktales, tall tales, nonfiction and fiction stories, and more—told and retold around the world. The slideshow also includes a class activity and a Let’s Write! writing exercise focused thematically on family.

Teacher Tip! Please preview the slideshow and educator guide before sharing with your students so you can determine which activities and exercises will best meet the needs of your class.

RESOURCES: Educator Guide | Handouts | Bibliography

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