Creating Worlds, Constructing Meaning is the first U.S. book on Storyline, a revolutionary method for teaching content, integrating curriculum, and engaging students. Developed in Scotland over thirty years ago and now used in over a dozen countries, the Storyline method uses the power of story to create a meaningful, real-life context through which students learn concepts and skills. Students and teacher work collaboratively to create a setting and characters; plot evolves as they address real problems and issues that arise. A creative partnership is established between the teacher and learners as they share and explore ideas and feelings.
This book follows the development of the Storyline method in Jeff Creswell’s elementary classroom over a period of four years. The author offers a history of the method and five specific examples of Storylines he and his students have created. All of the activities involve more than one subject and advance students’ knowledge and skill in more than one area. Language and mathematical skills find application in environmental studies; art, drama, and music play a part in social studies and geography. The lines between discrete curriculum areas blur as students explore topics and apply skills in this innovative approach to curriculum integration.
In the eight years since Storyline was brought to the United States, it has been embraced by teachers and administrators working with children from preschool through high school. This book will be a valuable reference tool for teachers already familiar with the method as well those who want to learn more about it.