Student Writer Instructions:
In Native American culture, oral stories are a valid means of communicating. Hearing one's voice and being a good listener is a skill that is highly regarded--even today--in Native American storytelling.
Today you will be preparing to re-tell a Native American story, borrowing the voice of Waterlily's story-teller Woyaka. In order to do this, you will first need to become very familiar with Woyoka's story-telling style.
When you have a story chosen that you'd like to re-tell, you will fill out a graphic organizer, thinking of words and details that you believe Woyoka might use, if he was telling the story. Remember, you are trying to capture his voice.
With the completed graphic organizer, you should practice telling the story several times to a friend. With each re-telling, add more to the story, making the story your own as well as Woyoka's.
Eventually you will be writing down your version of the story, and your written version must also "borrow" the voice of Woyoka.