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Literacy activities: Storyteller — The Snapdragon Plant

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By Pie Corbettauthor, poet and storyteller

Take a peak at one of the tantalising tales with accompanying activities from Scholastic’s Storyteller series

Storyteller - The Snapdragon Plant

An age-old favourite tradition, it’s no wonder that storytelling has got its own day dedicated to it in March. And, you can make the most of celebrating this ageless pastime in the classroom. Storytelling is a powerful tool in promoting all aspects of literacy – reading, writing and oral communication. Best of all, it’s an experience that children won’t fail to be stimulated and excited by, so that their usual perception of a literacy lesson will suddenly become blurred as they enjoy listening and responding to the richness of words. ‘The Snapdragon Plant’, taken from Storyteller For ages 7 to 9 by Pie Corbett (Scholastic, £20 PB), is a wonderful myth-style creation story that explains the rotating seasons. You can read the story on Activity sheets ‘The Snapdragon Plant’ and watch a video of the story being read by Taffy Thomas.

The Storyteller series

Scholastic’s Storyteller series develops the spoken art of storytelling through print, audio, video and the spoken word. The pack for seven to nine year olds comprises:

  • Storyteller For ages 7 to 9 by Pie Corbett (£20 PB) – teachers’ notes on each story with a CD-ROM (providing videos of nine of the stories).
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