Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival

Curriculum Connections for Education


The Ohio Academic Content Standards Benchmark

For K-12 English Language Arts/Social Studies

Reading Benchmark
Acquisition of Vocabulary Standard
Students will learn new vocabulary and vivid vocabulary!

Recognize figurative language.

Be exposed to language rich situations.

Storytelling fosters and enhances listening skills.


• Storytelling motivate children to read, especially poor readers

• Storytelling conveys language and plot structure which enhances reading comprehension

With new research on the brain, the findings indicate that storytelling increases auditory memory organization one of the basics for reading comprehension

Reading Benchmark

Strategies Standard Students should comprehend and interpret information. Storytelling fosters recognition of main ideas, how the ideas connect and therefore students can predict outcomes.

• Sharpens listening skills.

Reading Benchmark
Information, Technical and Persuasive Text
Storytelling demonstrates how ideas connect, point of view and differences between cause and effect.

Storytelling fosters imagination


• Exposure to storytelling stirs and helps with the development of imagination

• Child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim stated to make children think, do not show them pictures, but make them use their imagination.

Language Arts Benchmark
Literary Text Standard
Storytelling influences word choice and use of figurative language.

Language Arts Benchmark
Writing Process
Storytelling generates ideas of writing.

Storytellers explain the need for pre-writing, editing to improve the fluency of the story, correct verb usage and allow the students to see the steps needed in telling. You must write it on paper and use all the correct processes before telling.

Language Arts Benchmark
Writing Application
Storytelling employs the literary conventions of plot, setting, style, point of view, characterization and theme in the narratives.

Communication: Oral and Visual Standard Storytelling foster good active listening

Demonstrates proper oral presentation

Uses clear vivid vocabulary

Presents ideas in a logical order and with a variety of delivery methods

Demonstrate that all stories have a beginning, middle and end.

Social Studies Benchmark
History Standard
Storytelling is one of the oldest, most basic methods of transmitting information and knowledge. Stories make concepts vivid and clear by illustration rather than simply explanation.

Information embedded in a story greatly increases a student's retention.

Social Studies Benchmark
Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Standard
Stories are easily internalized. The tales teach the student we all have the common thread of humanity.

Stories allow students to see how others feel. Stories point out the difference between feelings and facts.

Storytelling provokes thought. Students can criticize and offer advice to the people in the story in safety.

New research on the brain states the area of the brain that weighs the consequence of actions is one of the last to develop. Students need to practice critical thinking skills.

Stories provoke discussion, opinion and examination of what the character did in the tale.

Storytelling is one of the most productive ways to teach character education.

Students need stories about children of the own age group persevering and succeeding.

FINALLY Storytelling is not just a nice activity. It is one of great teaching benefit.

Storytelling allows students to practice giving attention and behaving in a large group.

The entertainment value of storytelling catches students' attention and improves retention so that students pick up these skills without realizing it.

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