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Connecting to the Common Core State Standards


Students who meet the Standards develop the skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening that are the foundation for any creative and purposeful expression in language. (Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects)


What SAI Provides

Storytelling Arts, Inc. provides learning experiences for teachers and students to meet these standards by incorporating the oral storytelling tradition into the current curriculum.


Reading – standards that include topics of theme, settings, story structure, sequencing, character development, retelling, story comparison from different cultures, phonological awareness, and many more


Writing – standards that include narrative, descriptive details, the use of dialogue, sensory detailed language, clear event sequencing


Speaking and Listening – standards that include group discussions and collaborative work, the ability to speak audibly expressing thoughts, feeling and ideas, retelling in many forms, recounting details, creating oral presentations


Language – standards that include identifying new words and phrases, clarifying meaning, acquiring appropriate language and figurative language


With the multi-cultural aspect of storytelling, students can come to understand and appreciate other perspectives and cultures, key components in the Core Standards description of a student who is College and Career Ready.

Find out more about the Common Core State Standards 

Plus, check out the YES! Youth, Educators, and Storytellers Alliance resource on Storytelling and the Common Core Standards.

Applying the CCS for English Language Learners

  • We provide a literacy-rich environment where students are immersed in a variety of language experiences.
  • Programs are rich with universally themed stories affording ELL students opportunities to make inferences from context, body language, tone of voice, and facial expression.
  • Sessions also provide opportunities for classroom discourse and interaction that are designed to enable ELLs to develop communicative strengths in language arts.