Sit Tight, and I'll Swing You a Tail provides teachers in elementary through middle school with a fresh, thoughtful, and highly practical approach to using authentic story literature in their classrooms. Mr. Denman's book presents an examination of the elements of stories, along with examples of story learning center and gaming activities, and a step-by-step procedure to help students understand and write within different story genres. Underlying his strategies is a seasoned teacher/writer's understanding of stories and of the day-to-day dynamics of classroom instruction.
About This Book
1. Stories: Stories and Storytelling; Stories in the Classroom; The Story Circle; A Story's Heart
2. The Elements of Stories: Opening or Lead: A Story's First Impressions; Characters: The Shoulders of a Story; Setting: A Story's Stage; Problem or Conflict: A Story's Driving Force; Plot and Resolution: The Design of a Story's Action; Conclusion or Closing: Tying up the Loose Ends; Theme: Nugget of a Story's Truth
3. Story Gaming: Primary Students: Three Rs; Story Sense; Retellings; Enlivening Classroom Routines
4. Writing Stories: A Model of the Writing Process; Fingering; Styling; Eyeballing; Copying; Author Talks; Craft Lessons; Tools for Literacy Touches; A Writer Alongside Your Students; Summarizing the Use of Different Genres.
End Thoughts: Recommended Reading; Works Cited; Index of Instructional Strategies and Activities; Index of Stories and Authors.
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