Building a Foundation for Literacy Through Storytelling


"My first class consisted of thirty-six first graders of varying degrees of reading preparation and verbal ability. The class reflected not only the ethnic diversity of the area but also of the world, as many were children of United Nations diplomats, who spoke little or no English. I found that storytelling helped bridge the gap between cultures and facilitated language fluency for all students. But it was a special kind of storytelling – the stories that came from their lives – that helped them advance the fastest." Ferida Wolff


This workshop will help you increase your use of storytelling in the classroom. Work with your students to:


1. Create a storytelling atmosphere.

2. Use photographs to prompt storytelling.

3. Improve language through story poems.

4. Enrich storytelling with picture books.

5. Play language games.


Facilitator: Ferida Wolff: MS in Education, 17 published children’s books, published poet, former journalist, presenter at writing conferences. She has appeared on cable television to discuss books and writing.

To arrange for a Literacy Through Storytelling seminar contact Ferida Wolff at or call 856-424-0157


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