Learning Exercise: Arts Integration Storytelling Assignment: Aligning Integration with National Standards for Arts Education
It is geared for student teachers who are learning about national standards, lesson planning and developmental levels of their students.
Arts Integration Storytelling Assignment: Aligning Integration with National Standards for Arts Education
Featuring the National Standards for Arts Education and
online folklore, myth or legend stories
Cris Guenter, Ed.D.
Department of Education
Storytelling provides an excellent opportunity to integrate the arts with each other. Your task is to locate an online story that is folklore, myth or legend AND that you feel has potential for integrating the arts in some creative manner. Select a target grade level for using the story you select. Consider the developmental levels of your students.
1. Identify the name of the story
2. Identify the URL of where this story can be found online
Here are some storytelling web sites to help get you started:
Folklore, Myth, and Legend at
Effective Storytelling at
Telling Family Stories at
Storytelling and More! at
Storyteller.Net Amphitheater at
Pizzaz! Creative Writing and Storytelling Ideas at
Review the introductory Information about The National Standards for Arts Education at
http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/cs/design/standards/intro.html to understand why arts integration can help to promote learning and effective teaching.
Then using the actual National Standards for Arts Education at
http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/cs/design/standards/ and the story you selected above, construct a chart that shows how some of the arts will be integrated and some of the content standards met.
For each of the three grade groupings (K-4, 5-8, and 9-12) in the National Standards for Arts Education:
The example below shows you how to organize your chart. Be sure to include all three grade groupings. (The example only shows the first one, K-4.)
Example for reporting information:
Integrating the Arts and Storytelling
Story Title Here
URL for story goes here
National Standards for the Arts K-4 Level
Content Standard #1: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
Content Standard #2: Acting by assuming roles and interacting in improvisations
Two well-written and thoughtful paragraphs here that describe how your story will be used to address the two content standards noted above and integrate Music and Theatre in the curriculum.
Using a designated bulletin board forum, listserve, or e-mail method established by your instructor, submit your well-written and organized examples for integrating the arts with storytelling at the three different grade level groupings. Your instructor will indicate when this assignment is due.
The instructor may wish to involve the student teachers in this assessment process by having them conduct peer reviews, individually or in pairs, or the completed assignments. Then an overall class discussion could be conducted to reflect on what has been learned and how it can be applied in future lessons and teaching. Peer reviews of the submitted charts would include looking for lesson ideas at the different age level groupings, age appropriateness, and proper alignment with the National Standards for Arts Education.
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