Students will be introduced to storytelling by seeing
the teacher as the model and then become the storyteller himself
Greek myth about Athena & Arachne (Arachne claims to weave)
as good if not better than Athena, the God of Arts
& Crafts. Athena
decided to have a contest and at the end, agreed that
is a talented weaver.
Athena declared that Arachne will be allowed
the rest of her life as…..a spider!)
The story map of this myth done by the teacher.
Filler paper, graph paper (1") and pencil
Be introduced to storytelling by hearing a Greek Myth about
from the teacher and seeing her story map of this story.
Pair students up to write letters as the characters
involved in the myth. One
would be Arachne begging for forgiveness, the other student would
be Athena, deciding to forgive Arachne or not.
Students will share these letters with the class.
Write a short fictional story about spiders.
Do a story map of their story.
Tell their story to the class.
2 & 3 were ideas I received from my district's Literary
Training class instructor.)
The feather which I made in my Storytelling class has now
become the symbol that tells my students to come to circle for a
time of sharing.
this feather, I began to tell them the Greek Myth about Athena and
Arachne with much drama. At
the end, my students asked if I can tell them more Greek Myths.
That was a wonderful affirmation to the power of
I said I would tell them more, but first, I want them to
pair up and write a letter. One
would be Arachne, asking for forgiveness and be changed back to a
mortal, the other would be Athena, deciding to be merciful or not.
Students wrote independently and came to the front of the
class to read their letters.
The Arachnes were sitting on edge waiting for their
verdicts and the class had such fun in the suspense.
Whenever Arachne was forgiven, the students all clapped
spontaneously. They all agreed that it was so fun.
The next day, they had the choice of writing a short story
of how the spider came to be or any story to do with spiders.
I told them that they will have a chance to tell their
story to the class after revising.
I couldn't believe the level of engagement.
They worked on this story for about an hour or more and
wanted more time. Next
came the story map. That
was fun for them as well.
Time came for the actual storytelling using their story
maps. Most of the students didn't even need to look back at the
story map. They were not very dramatic at first, but with a little
encouragement, each student got into it more and more
In our reading program, there is a non-fiction book on
spiders. We will read
and discuss this book in reading groups.
I also plan to read Charlotte's Web aloud to them. For art, we will make spiders with pompoms and pipe cleaners
as well as weave a web with yarn on black paper.