I have been celebrating Storytelling Week by finding stories in less common places, and realize that “my storyteller is showing” sometimes in ways I don’t expect.
My own storytelling is all voice and small pertinent movements, which I am told was Margaret Hodges‘ technique. I’ve wished I could have watched her tell a story ever since. It’s good to have a model. However, I also very much admire people who can incorporate their whole bodies into their stories, and one of the best ways to do that is sign language storytelling. Sign language storytelling has a double benefit; the expressiveness of sign lends life to the story, and the expressions required of storytelling can help to develop facial grammar and other abstract elements of signing. To get a feel for sign in storytelling or signing in general, check out our Sign Language Fun!
You can also create your own stories with My Storymaker, which was one of the American Association of School Librarians Best Websites for Teaching and Learning in 2012.