||Librarian's Instructional Role/Teaching Resources, K-12
||Children's and Young Adult Programs/Storytelling, Resources and Collections
This book supplies stories, essays, lesson plans and specialized storytelling strategies to help teachers "level the playing field" for all learners and better serve children with special needs.
More than 57 percent of the over 6 million American children with disabilities are in inclusive (i.e., general) classrooms; "self-contained" classrooms serve children whose disabilities are either more severe or disruptive. As much as 20 percent of the children in an inclusive classroom are identified as "disabled," with the highest percentage of these having learning disabilities. While most classrooms have at least one child with a disability, teachers often have little or no training in educating and caring for these children. The need for resources that support educators working with children with disabilities or social/emotional difficulties is clear.
This book fills this critical need, supplying school and public librarians, classroom and special area teachers, and storytelling teaching artists with storytelling strategies for reaching and teaching children with special needs in inclusive classrooms, self-contained classrooms, and public and school libraries. These full-text stories, essays, and lesson plans from experienced storytelling teaching artists provide educators with a wide range of adaptable storytelling and teaching strategies for specific disabilities and enable storytellers to discover news ways to perform their storytelling magic. The book also offers compelling real-life anecdotes that demonstrate the impact of these strategies in inclusive and self-contained classrooms; presents an introduction to the skills of storytelling, why they are useful, and how to use them; and includes suggested modifications for a wide range of disabilities as well as detailed resource lists.
- Provides a variety of successful storytelling strategies for reaching and teaching children with specific disabilities, enabling educators and mentors to choose options that will work best for their teaching environment and students
- Provides immediate access to stories, strategies, and adaptations to meet specific needs
- Offers a joyful, engaging, and thoroughly human way to interact with all students—a method that makes giving the gift of empathetic education easier
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"Consisting of a series of essays written by experienced storytellers, this text is a comprehensive, hands-on guide to storytelling, especially for those with an interest in storytelling for children with special needs. . . . Full of moving anecdotes and practical advice that is immediately applicable, this collection would be a welcome resource for anyone with an interest in storytelling for children."
"This book is good for beginners as well as savvy storytellers looking for additional suggestions."
"Graphic organizers, outlines for how to prepare and conduct a storytelling session, and sage advice will help guide novices and experts alike. This book is for teachers, storytellers, school and public librarians, and administrators.
2019 Storytelling World Awards Winner "Special Storytelling Resources" — Storytelling Magazine
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