As ECEC providers, we often teach children lessons, values, and morals through storytelling and relating our personal experience to create meaning. Storytelling is both valuable and important in learning. Children learn about their own culture through stories, as well as gain an appreciation of other cultures.
Prepare for this assignment by completing the following items:
- Read the brief essay entitled Storytelling and Story-listening, and Children’s Intellectual, Emotional, and Social Development.
- View the TED Talk video Storytelling As a Modality to Organize Memories
- View the helpful tutorials on how to get started building your own story book online.
Directions: Using one of the topics from the list below, create an age-appropriate Storyjumper book about a culture that is unfamiliar to you. You must:
Research your chosen topic and provide relevant content surrounding specific cultural variances /differences. For example, how are the discipline patterns impacted by the selected groups cultural norm?
Select a topic (see the topic list below or create your own topic) and discuss the beliefs, biases, and practices of a particular culture thorough your Storyjumper.
Sleeping arrangements, toileting habits (potty-training), parenting styles (attachment parenting), discipline, feeding schedule, spanking, spoiling, the types and levels of language (even among social classes), independent vs. independent expectations, etc.
Suggested Cultural Influences/ Groups
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender families (LGBT) families, children with special needs, cultural holidays, religious practices, aesthetic differences (ex. skin color, facial features), clothing rituals, overcoming biases, respecting other cultures, eating diverse food at school, etc.
To complete this assignment:
- Create a children’s book and explain how your topic could be addressed or resolved in a culturally responsive manner.
- Post a link to your original story in the discussion thread.
- Include your name and link to your original story in the subject line (ex. Jane Doe http://www.storyjumper.com/book/index/312/Pinky-and-Jones)
- Your story must be between 10-12 pages long and have an introduction, body, and conclusion. Be creative!
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