By nature, human beings are drawn to stories. Even from a young age, a good story can capture our attention, engage our emotions, and build a sense of community. The contextualizing function of stories is an essential tool for making sense of information and events, and we tend to remember stories better than information communicated in other ways. These are all reasons why stories can and should have a place in classroom teaching. My project contains a portfolio of lesson plans written to be used in middle or high school language arts classrooms. These lesson plans (and other instructional materials) demonstrate various ways to utilize stories in the classroom. These lessons and materials are grounded in research from a variety of fields, and I explain these connections in an accompanying bridge document.
Integrated Language Arts Education
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Physics and Astronomy
Cajka, Julianna, "Using Stories to Teach" (2019). Honors Projects. 442.