Storytelling with Brian “Fox” Ellis

Last Wednesday (November 20th), American storyteller and author, Brian “Fox” Ellis visited the SIS Jingshan Campus and told wonderful stories to all grade levels.

This was a wonderful experience for our PreK 2 students and it fit very nicely into our “How We Express Ourselves” Unit of Inquiry.

The Central Idea of this new UOI is “People use language to express their ideas, experiences, and culture.”

The Lines of Inquiry focus on using various art forms and language to convey meaning. Storytelling fits perfectly into these lines of inquiry since we use language to share messages and create real and imagined worlds.

“Mr. Fox” as he was known by the students told us several engaging stories that involved song and movement. We heard a tale of a raven stealing another bird’s song as well as the fun, “Going on a Tiger Hunt” which got everyone up and moving.

Students and teachers were able to appreciate that we don’t need devices and modern technology to share meaningful stories and be entertained. So much can be shared using language.