Story

 While acknowledging the importance of teaching students strategies to read different kinds of text, to write across genres, and to speak and listen with purpose, Katie Egan Cunningham reminds us that when we bridge strategy with the power of story, we deepen literacy learning and foster authentic engagement.

Product Details

Story: Still the Heart of Literacy Learning
By Katie Egan-Cunningham
Stenhouse Publishing
Retail Price: $21.00

Book Description:

Stories surround us, support us, and sustain us. We see and hear them when walking down the street, on our digital newsfeeds, in our interactions with one another, in the ways our students play, and in literature, poetry, music, images, multimedia, and dramatic works.

While acknowledging the importance of teaching students strategies to read different kinds of text, to write across genres, and to speak and listen with purpose, Katie Egan Cunningham reminds us that when we bridge strategy with the power of story, we deepen literacy learning and foster authentic engagement. Story: Still the Heart of Literacy Learning compels us to ask crucial questions: Why do stories matter? Whose stories count? Where do stories live? How do stories come alive? How do we build stories? How do we talk about stories? And why does this work take courage?

Katie shares her story as a classroom teacher, literacy specialist, staff developer, and professor. She shows teachers how to create classrooms of caring and inquisitive readers, writers, and storytellers. Katie explains specific ways to build a classroom library that reflects our diverse society through rich, purposeful, and varied texts. She also provides numerous examples of multigenre and multimodal stories from children’s and young adult literature, poetry, songs, and multimedia. The practical toolkit at the end of each chapter demonstrates how to make stories come alive in any classroom.

Review

As middle school English teacher I am well aware that stories play an important role in learning, not only English, but other subjects as well. The author does a wonderful job explaining to us why stories attract young learners and gives us resources and instruction on how to use stories in our classrooms to help strengthen literary skills.  She gives great advice on how to build a class library and what books should be included.  I believe that this book is a wonderful tool for using literature for classroom learning and how to make the most of your time spent in the story.

~Reviewed by Jennifer W.

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