Friday, November 28, 2014

Week#13 - Gender in Storytelling


Gender Roles in Children’s Picture Books

Gender stereotypes plague children’s picture books

Poor Storytelling and the Gender Debate

Gender-specific children’s books ‘are easier to sell’, insists children's book publisher

Comic Book MOOC Playlist

Discussion Questions

  • What were your favorite stories as a child? Which gender were the main characters? Describe those characters?
  • If you could play any role in any story, which would you want to play and why?
  • Who are your favorite male characters from any story or movie? Describe them and why do you like them?
  • Who are your favorite female characters from any story or movie? why do you like them?
  • Which male and female characters have you disliked the most? Why?
  • Do you think the criticism of gender balance in stories is overblown? Might it just represent natural or desirable social norms?
  • Have you ever seen gender portrayals in stories, movies, or comic books that bothered you? Which ones? Why?
  • Do you think certain stories appeal more to boys or girls? How so?
  • When sharing personal narratives, do you think men and women (boys and girls) differ in storytelling style? How so?
  • How would you describe traditional and modern gender roles in Korean storytelling (books, movies, folk tales, etc). Is there much difference between Korea and other cultures?
  • How much do you (will you) consider gender portrayal when choosing a story to read, teach, or share with your child?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Week#12 - Digital Storytelling for Advanced Language Learning

Storytelling Podcasts

Audio books

Podiobooks offers complete books in episodic form so you can get just a chapter at a time 
Open Culture  Open Culture has a very respectable collection of great audio books, mostly classics, available for free in a variety of downloadable formats from all over the Web. 
Internet Archive The Internet Archive has a very good collection of free audio books and poetry recordings from a eclectic variety of sources.
Librivox Librivox is an entirely volunteer-curated collection of free audio books that are in the public domain. Volunteers read chapters of these books, and the chapters are then placed online for public consumption.
Learn Out Loud Learn Out Loud is a gigantic collection of free audio books, lectures, and educational podcasts
Project Gutenberg   Project Gutenberg one of the oldest and largest sites on the Web, offering thousands of free, public domain books both to read and to listen to.



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Next Week Materials: Gender in Storytelling

Friday, November 14, 2014

Week#11 - Digital Storytelling

What is Digital Storytelling?
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Digital storytelling at its most basic core is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. There are a wealth of other terms used to describe this practice, such as digital documentaries, computer-based narratives, digital essays, electronic memoirs, interactive storytelling, etc.; but in general, they all revolve around the idea of combining the art of telling stories with a variety of multimedia, including graphics, audio, video, and Web publishing.
Online Resources

General Digital Storytelling Resources
Digital Storytelling Examples

Make 'fill in the blank' Stories

Friday, November 7, 2014

Week#10 - Language Skills & Online Tools (Part#1)

Discussion Questions

  • Can you think of times when hearing a story has affected your behavior or actions?
  • Describe significant experiences you’ve had learning via ‘fact presentation’ (e.g. reading bullet points or simple lecture). Which ones were effective or ineffective? Why?
  • Describe significant experiences you’ve had learning via ‘storytelling’ (e.g.dramatic videos or a professor who told a lot of stories). Which ones were effective or ineffective? Why?
  • In your past and present workplaces, how have bosses and supervisors gotten their message out via fact presentation vs. storytelling? Has it made a difference?
  • What are some topics you currently teach via storytelling? How do you do it?
  • What are some topics you currently (or will likely teach) via fact presentation that might be taught via storytelling instead? How would you do it? What would the challenges be?

Language Skill Activity Demonstrations

  • How might you use storytelling-based activities to teach specific language skills

    • Grammar
    • Vocabulary
    • Speaking / Pronunciation
    • Listening
    • Reading
    • Writing

Online Resources

Graphic Organizers & Worksheets
Make 'fill in the blank' Stories