Storytelling in Schools

December 08, 2017

Pennez produces storytelling events to empower diverse wordsmiths to share their voices in the community. Storytelling is an oral art form that has been in place for thousands of years. A teller is sharing their thoughts and feelings from their heads, and the listener is taking it all in. A dynamic storyteller is able to view the audience and shift their story to deepen the moment. We have heard stories our whole lives, and really good stories can build empathy and transform communities. For youth, storytelling can highlight their skills that they might not have excelled in other literary forms. Youth can share personal stories, historical narratives, scientific stories, and so many more.

Pennez partners with seasoned wordsmiths so youth can increase their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

Storytelling has similar premises to reading and writing where a teller can orally describe characters, comparisons, causes & effects, details, main ideas, imagery, or voice. The fun part is that storytelling can shift and change during the performance, and the teller can remove or add more details when necessary.


“I believe storytelling is a great way of creating more empathy and understanding of each other and all we have in common as humans. Our stories are our heart songs.” Mother Mary Moore

Below are ELA Common Core Standards that can align to your classroom.


Correlation Writing

  1. Writing: Apply a writing process to develop a text for audience and purpose.
  2. Choosing an appropriate organizational structure and building on one main idea to create a multiple-paragraph text appropriate to the genre.

Speaking & Listening

  1. Speak clearly and to the point, using conventions of language when presenting individually or with a group by summarizing main points or providing evidence



  1. Follow a writing process to produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, style, and voice are appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience; self-select and blend (when appropriate) previously learned narrative, expository, and argumentative writing techniques.

Speaking & Listening

  1. Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives including those presented in diverse media; synthesize claims made on all sides of an issue, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.

Universal Skills: pacing, vocabulary, making a clear point, evaluating and moderating active listening.

If you would like to learn more about bring storytelling to your school or program please contact us.


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