Sample Stories for Students in LS5633: The Art of Storytelling - Grades 3 through 5


On this page, you will find some storytelling programs that include videos of introductions, videos of stories with bibliographic information, and videos of storytelling session endings. Some of these videos are not freely available on the Web. When indicated, please go to the "Sample Stories" on the Blackboard course navigation menu when directed to do so.

How Does It Feel to Get Eaten? Stories - 3rd Grade (performed in 1992 at Elvira Elementary School, Tucson, Arizona)


Introduction
Story
Source Information
Ending
Poem:
"The Slithergadee"
by Jack Prelutcky

from The New Kid of the Block by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by James Stevenson (Greenwillow 1984)
The book and these poems are copyright protected. This piece was edited out of the video for distribution.


"Herbert"
(4 minutes 48 seconds)
retold from the oral story told to the teller by Mr. Ronald Vandervord,
Instructor University of Arizona, Graduate Library School, 1990


"Hegedy Peg"
retelling of the original picture book Hegedy Peg by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood (Sandpiper 1992)
This book is copyright protected. This piece was edited out of the video for Web distribution.
In the classroom, students drew illustrations of "Herbert,"
which were later displayed in the library.
None survive today.

Appalachian Tales - 3rd Grade (performed in 1992 at Elvira Elementary School, Tucson, Arizona)


Introduction
Story
Source Information
Ending
Make a connection to the
location of the Appalachian
region of the U.S.
Read:
When I Was Young In the Mountains
by Cynthia Rylant,
illustrated by
Diane Goode (Puffin 1993)




"Old Dry Frye"
(10 minutes 8 seconds)
This story is found in the Grandfather Tales collected and edited by Richard Chase (Sandpiper 2003). I have an older edition of these tales published by Houghton Mifflin (1976).




What are our questions
about Appalachian culture and geography?

"Toad and Locust" - 4th Grade (performed in 2012 at Heritage Elementary School, Highland Village, Texas)


Introduction
Story
Source Information
Ending
In the introduction, I make a connection between the book
Sing Down the Rain by Judi Moreillon,
illustrated by Michael Chiago and the retelling of the
story "Toad and Locust."

Video Introduction




"Toad and Locust"
Please see the Sample Stories link
in Blackboard
Two sources: A Heart Full of Turquoise: Pueblo Indian Tales retold by Joe Hayes, illustrated by Lucy Jelinek (Mariposa 1988) titled: "Frog and Locust"
and
"The Unwritten Literature of the Hopis" as recorded by Hattie G. Lockett available from The Project Gutenberg eBook




What are our questions
about Tohono O'odham culture and the Sonoran
Desert?