Harvard Educational Review
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    Developing Imagination, Creativity, and Literacy through Collaborative Storymaking: A Way of Knowing

    Nancy King
    Early in her life, Nancy King discovered that stories are rich sources of wisdom, imagination, creativity, and comfort. In this essay, King describes her personal experiences developing and using the collaborative storymaking process with young people and adults in various school settings. The author states that collaborative storymaking establishes opportunities for students to create stories from stories, using imagemaking and abstract prompts. She maintains that the iterative process expands and improves students’ oral and written expression. King invites other educators to include collaborative storymaking in their instructional repertoire to stimulate their own and their students’ reading, writing, and speaking skills, and to foster a supportive learning community.

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    Nancy King is professor emerita at the University of Delaware, where she taught courses in theater and drama, literacy and language development, and interdisciplinary studies. She has published many articles, plays, and books, including Storymaking and Drama: An Approach to Teaching Language and Literature at the Secondary and Postsecondary Levels (1993), Playing Their Part: Language and Learning in the Classroom (1995), and Dancing with Wonder: Self-Discovery through Stories (2005). King is currently a literacy, drama, and educational consultant; she leads workshops in the United States, Canada, and Europe.



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    Summer 2007 Issue

    Abstracts

    From the Editors: Stories That Teach
    The Role of “Voices Inside Schools” in the Harvard Educational Review [FULL TEXT]
    The Editors
    Goldilocks and Her Sister
    An Anecdotal Guide to the Doll Corner
    Vivian Gussin Paley
    On Jorge Becoming a Boy
    A Counselor’s Perspective
    Travis Wright
    Teaching How Language Reveals Character
    Margaret Metzger
    Developing Imagination, Creativity, and Literacy through Collaborative Storymaking: A Way of Knowing
    Nancy King

    Book Notes

    Taught by America
    Sarah Sentilles

    All American Yemeni Girls
    Loukia K. Sarroub

    The Renewal of Society through Education
    Nicholas C. Brown

    Keepin’ It Real
    Prudence Carter

    The Science of Reading
    edited by Margaret J. Snowling and Charles Hulme