Storytelling: Tales of Everyday Life Learning Center

Part I: Stories of Daily Life

1. While some stories relate important events that affect everyone, others grow out of everyday life. Ask students if they keep a diary or a journal, or if they read comics in a newspaper or on a Web site every day. Tell them that all of these can be stories.

Write on the board or chart paper "This day begins..." Tell students that they will now hear a short excerpt from a journal or diary. If you keep a journal or diary, you may want to mention this, and, if appropriate, read a short excerpt. This is a model of daily storytelling as well as daily writing. Humorous examples are especially effective. If you do not have your own example, use the following sample. However, it will be better to use something from the context of your own class and experience, if possible.

"Here's what happened yesterday."

"This day begins with wind, rain, and the cat needing to be fed. I got up and got ready for school, took my shower, and went out to get the newspaper. It was STILL raining when I left for school later that morning, but the cat was fed, happy, and asleep on my bed when I left."

Discussion the following questions with the class:

   a. Is a journal entry real or made up?
   b. Why might I want to record events?
   c. Who is a diary or a journal for?