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Title of Program: Bristlecone Storytelling Festival
Type of Program: Special Events
Age level: Elementary & Secondary
Description of Program: The Clark County School District storytelling festival is an exciting, voluntary program offered to fourth through sixth grade students in all elementary and middle schools. The students are taught storytelling skills that support the district English Language Arts/Reading curriculum. The Bristlecone Storytelling Festival Teacher’s Guide is a tool for librarians and teachers to use as they lead their students through the steps of the storytelling process. The teacher’s guide includes student activities, structure, strategies, and tips to enhance learning and to ensure a successful storytelling experience for all. Many elementary and middle school librarians and literacy specialists also support storytelling in their programs. Teachers schedule individual classroom festivals that provide their students the opportunity to practice the storytelling craft for an audience. Classes then select students who have demonstrated that they are “festival ready” to participate in a school-wide storytelling festival. Students who participate in the school’s storytelling festival then select two school representatives who will perform at a Region Storytelling Festival.
Mary Nelson Brown
Youth Services Coordinator
833 Las Vegas Blvd. N.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
brownm (at) lvccld.org