Literacy Extensions


Story Telling Story Acting can be closely connected to other literacy opportunities. As children become familiar with the process they will quite often naturally start to give feedback on the stories and the acting. They will want to talk about plot development, what should happen next, what would make the story even better, etc. Using a modified Ladder of Feedback protocol helps to structure the feedback.  

  1. Children ask questions about the content of the story and dramatization.

  2. Children express what they appreciated about the story and dramatization.

  3. Children state what they are wondering about as a way to interpret what happened. It seems like… or I wonder if….

  4. Children give suggestions about what could make the story even better in content or related to the acting of the story.

This video shows a teacher talking about how she does feedback in her classroom.



In the Language and Literacy section of the website there is information on journaling. While children are dictating their stories to teachers in STSA, the oral, narrative fluency of the child’s story is all in the service of the eventual acting out of the story.  In journaling the child is initially dictating a story, but the teacher takes great care to write clearly and then the child illustrates  the story. Or the child may begin with a drawing and teachers can label the drawing or write an entire story. Eventually children begin to do their own writing. But whether a child is drawing a picture or dictating a story, the “Details” web can help children to expand their narratives.