Sharing stories is one way to have students share information about their experiences,
backgrounds and cultures, but storytelling also provides a number of other benefits.
Collins and Cooper (1997) present 12 reasons why storytelling is valuable in
- Storytelling helps students sharpen their skills of imagination and visualization.
- Storytelling provides an opportunity for students to listen and develop
an appreciation of the range, beauty, and rhythm of language.
- Storytelling introduces students to words in context, which helps them to
understand unfamiliar words and increases their vocabulary.
- Storytelling helps students practice and refine their speaking skills when
they share their story with others.
- Storytelling helps students improve their listening skills by understanding
meaning, drawing inferences, and interpreting the information.
- Storytelling provides an opportunity for students to interact with adults
on a personal level.
- Storytelling helps students enhance their writing skills when they write
their own stories.
- Storytelling helps students develop reading skills and sparks an interest
in reading. It encourages students to look at various literacy materials to
find a story they want to share or to find stories that have been told to
- Stories with riddles or problems to solve can enhance students' critical
and creative thinking skills.
- Storytelling allows students to share feelings.
- Storytelling helps students see literature as a reflection of human experiences.
- Sharing stories of their culture and family helps students understand their
own and others' cultural heritage.
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