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A Pedagogical Portfolio: Story Circle

This pedagogical portfolio presents a curriculum designed specifically for fifth through twelfth grade English Language Arts students. Story Circle is a writing program dedicated to encouraging students to find their authentic voices through storytelling. While participating in Story Circle, students engage in meaningful interactive games, answer thought-provoking prompts using both oral and written activities, and build a motivational and stimulating community environment. As speakers, they tell their unique story and learn to command their powerful individual voice. As active listeners, they practice concentration skills and reinforce each other's ability to communicate. Story Circle cultivates a meaningful education by providing learning objectives such as connection, empathy, respect, compassion, and diversity. The framework for student's academic learning outcomes in this project follows the Common Core Anchor Strands. The basis for success depends upon connections students make when linking the literary themes discussed in the instructional classroom with their own personal stories in Story Circle.

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