William Woods Students to Tell Stories at Local Elementary School

Several William Woods University students will hold a storytelling festival Friday for lucky students at Bartley Elementary School.

The Integrated Curriculum I class, taught by Shari Means, assistant professor of education, consists of pre-service teachers who have been studying children’s literature throughout the semester. Pre-service teachers are students who are studying and practicing to be teachers.

In previous years, the WWU education students learned stories and told them to their fellow classmates, but this year, they decided it would be more fun and more educational to tell the tales to elementary school students.

From 9 to 10 a.m., the pre-service teachers will rotate throughout the K-3 classrooms at Bartley Elementary telling their stories, most of which are traditional tales, such as “The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza” and “The Three Billy Goats Gruff.”

“We hope to share our love of literature with the elementary students and to make the stories come alive for them,” Means said. “We hope this love of literature will be contagious.”