In preparation for our troupe’s visit, teachers should talk with their students about world oral traditions, and explore our region’s rich storytelling heritage. Storytelling and the oral tradition are the grandparents of the literature and entertainment we enjoy today. Many students--and teachers!--find it hard to imagine a world without cable television; compact discs; DVDs; the Internet; and videos.

Storytelling preserves traditions and values from cultures that thrived before written communication became accessible. And we’re fortunate enough to live in the heart of storytelling! Northeast Tennessee is home of the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, and is known worldwide as a cradle for the art of storytelling.

TaleTellers visits are always a refreshing and invigorating break, for students and staff alike, from the stresses of standardized test preparation.

Other Storytelling Links for Teachers:

National Storytelling Network

Story Arts Online