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Storytelling is an excellent way to build language. New words and
colloquialisms can be heard by the students. When you tell stories in
your classes you are modeling how to recall sensory details. Another
reason to use storytelling in your classroom is that it models
presentation skills for students to use in the future. Eye contact,
movement, dramatic pauses, voice intonation and gesturing are some of
the tactics that can be seen when a teacher tells stories. Finally,
students who listen to storytelling get oral models for writing.