This Lesson's Title:
Native American Oral Storytelling
borrowing the voice of
Waterlily's storyteller to re-tell
a different story
This lesson was built for WritingFix after being proposed by NNWP Teacher Consultant
Bernice Servilican at an
AT&T-sponsored in-service class for teachers.
The intended "mentor text" to be used when teaching this on-line lesson is the chapter book Waterlily by Ella Cara Deloria. Before writing, students should listen to and discuss the writing style of this book's author, especially from chapter 6 of this novel.
Check out Waterlily at Amazon.com.
If you are a Washoe County teacher, click here to search for this book at the county library.
Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:
Oral storytelling requires a listener to use the sense of hearing very carefully. A "writer" of oral stories must learn to be a listener as well as an observer. Inspired by the story-teller's voice from Ella Cara Deloria's novel, Waterlily, student writers will develop their own interpretation of a Native American story to share orally in the tradition of the Dakota people. Ulitmately, they will write down their oral stories, taking the written version through the writing process. Teachers: click here to read the entire lesson plan.