Wednesday, June 30, 2010


As stated in the last post, fairy tales were very popular with my kindergarten students this year. I give a great deal of credit to our skilled ASL storytellers who were kind enough to contribute 7 different fairy tales for our enjoyment (interesting to note that the number 7, along with the number 3, is itself connected with fairy tales).

The most popular was Whitney's dramatic reenactment of Rumpelstiltskin - both the overall story and her portrayal of the little guy himself.

Our investigation of fairy tales focused not only on "Once Upon a Time" and "Happily Ever After" but those necessary elements that take place between those words. Things like characters (good/bad, which is ultimately subjective as was noticed by the kids when they stated that Goldilocks was wrong or when they began to see things from the point of view of the wolf in The Three Little Pigs), conflict/resolution and perspective.

The video below is shown without sound, captions or voice interpreting. This is a conscious choice based on the belief that they would distract from the rich interpretation and impact of Whitney's performance. This is also a pretty well known story so these elements may prove unnecessary. I would be interested in feedback as to whether or not this is the case.

Thank you Whitney and all of our fantastic storytellers!

Please note that in order for this video to upload to fit the 10 minute limit imposed by YouTube it was necessary to edit 6 minutes from the story.


Brian Miller said...

that was fascinating to watch...she is a great storyteller...

willow said...

Whitney's a very talented signer. What a joy to watch!

Gary said...

Brian & Willow - I think an added element that makes her storytelling much more interesting is her lack of vanity. She is not afraid to dive into the character of Rumpelstiltskin to make him come alive.


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