Story Telling Story

Acting Guide

Where Does the

Story Take Place?

Who is in the Story?

Scroll through these four videos of story acting on: 

  • The Princess and the King

  • The Ocean and the City 

  • House 

  • A Blue Whale


Children are natural storytellers.  While all children benefit from STSA, it can be especially powerful for English Language Learners to experience telling their own stories.

Recording children’s stories requires listening and gentle scaffolding. This means writing the story down as the child dictates it, asking a few questions along the way, reading it back to the child, asking them to title the story, and finally what character they might like to be during story acting. Gentle scaffolding means that the teacher not turn the experience into a grammar or phonics lesson - so choose “corrections” with care and let some go.  Some stories are LONG! We suggest telling children that their story will stop at the end of the page you are writing on. Some stories are short.  We suggest that even a story of a few words or sentences has great value and can be acted out and celebrated.  So get your notebook and ask a child, “Are you ready to tell me a story?” or “What is your story today?”  See the STSA Guide for more Dictation guidance.  See attachments below for ideas to support story dictation for ELL children, children with limited language, and for those who need ideas about what to say.