Thomas King, in his Massey lecture, wrote: The truth about stories is that's all we are (2003). Over the course of his series of lectures, he goes on to explore how the stories we come to know and tell about ourselves reflect who we believe we are at what we believe to be important. Passing story forward informs each generation about what is true and what is of value.
Welcome to our team's exploration of how story can be leveraged to support cross-curricular teaching in technology-rich environments. We are interested in how both listening to story and telling multi-modal stories can support student learning across the curriculum.
Walter Ong writes about the transition from traditional oral cultures, to literate cultures, to secondary orality, in which we are constantly bathed in oral language through story read alouds, newscasts, podcasts (2002). We are currently experiencing what Ong refers to as a secondary orality, in which what is spoken aloud is often the result of a literate expression of the story, that is, it is written, practiced and read aloud.
The following pages seek to explore the powerful tool story can be, not only to support students' developing literacy, but also their understanding of the cross-curricular connections and how the pieces of the learning puzzle fit together towards building understanding of complex ideas.