Storytelling and Communication Skills
Educational Thought Leadership in Early LearningBy Kate Paterson
Our BIS community of communicators includes students as young as age 3. From mark making to labeling and writing their own stories, these students are writers.
How do we develop writing skills at this age? To help our youngest learners develop an understanding of how to write and tell their own stories, we use a Story S developed by Pie Corbett.
- This developmental tool offers countless opportunities for our students' imaginations to develop by creating stories again and again.
- This technique scaffolds writing skills, challenges our learners to develop new skills and calls for reflection on their work.
But why use this as our frame for writing? The shape of the Story S is essentially a map for writing stories. It helps our learners to feel the structure of a story as they are creating and writing their own. We introduce the Story S during Direct Instruction where we model the stages of a story. Students learn about the importance of including detail in their stories, such as setting and character description. They learn to introduce and develop a problem or tension which the characters will have to solve. Finally, our writers learn how to resolve this conflict and choose their desired ending.
The Story S unlocks student creativity by giving them the structure and tools to tell their stories and is an important part of how our students learn to write and express themselves in our Early Learning Programme.