The Story Teller Series

story teller


The “Story-teller” series will provide students an opportunity to embrace their own culture while gaining an understanding of the importance of traditional stories from around the world.

This activity is part of Sisler High School’s Digital Voices online curriculum

To be launched in February 2014



Potential Traditional Story-Tellers:

The Māori

New Zealand

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The Murri

Queensland, Australia


The Métis

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


West Lynn Heights, Manitoba, Canada

The People of Uganda The People of Lesotho



  • to investigate and compare traditional oral stories from around the world through media, social media and media creation,
  • students are to explore their surroundings and connect traditional stories to modern context/landscapes ttrough multi-media,
  • compare and contrast international traditional oral stories

Digital Story Telling piece:

  • duration 2-8 minutes,
  • Commencement Date: March 2014

Teacher’s role:

  • find an elder in the community to present a traditional oral story,
  • prior learning will be to develop guiding questions for the elder to be posed after the story-telling component,
  • record and embed the story telling component for other sites to observe.
  • have students film and create media

Student’s Task:

  • follow the provided timeline,
  • reflect on the traditional story in class,
  • with a partner(s) brainstorm how to create a media project which connects modern culture to traditional stories,


  • March 3rd – 21st – Story, Q&A and Research: storytellers meet students.  Stories presented and recorded.
  • March 10th – Storyoarding and Filming stage:  students will brainstorm and make connections  between the story and their current culture/surroundings.
  • April 1st – Editing:   All media should be ready to embed into the traditional story,
  • May 1st – Finalize Portfolio:  Combine a reflection video, digital images of work in action with final video on the web.
  • May 26th – Sharing:  International sharing event .  Students are to reflect on the importance of traditional stories.  Compare and contrast stories from around the world.

Participating Schools:

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Glossary of Terms:

Culture: The system of shared beliefs, values, customs, behaviours, and artifacts that the members of society use to cope with their world and with one another, and that are transmitted from generation to generation through learning.  This is a complex definition and points to four important characteristics stressed by cultural relativists:

  • symbolic composition,
  • systematic patterning,
  • learned transmission,
  • societal grounding.
Source: U of M

Storytelling is the conveying of events in words, images and sounds, often by improvisation or embellishment. Stories or narratives have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation and to instill moral values. Crucial elements of stories and storytelling include plot, characters and narrative point of view.  Storytelling is a means for sharing and interpreting experiences. Stories are universal in that they can bridge cultural, linguistic and age-related divides. Storytelling can be used as a method to teach ethics, values, and cultural norms and differences. Learning is most effective when it takes place in social environments that provide authentic social cues about how knowledge is to be applied. Stories provide a tool to transfer knowledge in a social context.

Source: Wikipedia/storytelling



Digital Media is a form of electronic media where data are stored in digital (as opposed to analog) form. It can refer to the technical aspect of storage and transmission (e.g. hard disk drives or computer networking) of information or to the “end product”, such as digital video, augmented reality, digital signage, or digital art.

Wikipedia/digital media