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Story Works

How teachers can use shared stories in the new curriculum

by (author) David Booth & Bob Barton

Pembroke Publishers Limited
Initial publish date
Jan 2000
Professional Development
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2000
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This comprehensive resouce deals with all aspects of story:

  • what kinds of stories to choose, whether the children's own or from literature
  • how to present them
  • ways to integrate stories with the rest of the curriculum
  • tools for effectively dealing with all forms of evaluation.

Child-tested and ready for easy integration into any curriculum, the book explores how to nurture the sense of story and intellect in the imagination of children. Learn effective ways to encourage children to use ideas, values, and language from their reading in their own stories and how to encourage children to listen to each other, respond, and build on their collective responses.


About the authors

David Booth was Professor Emeritus at OISE–University of Toronto, where he trained teachers to use innovative ways to promote literacy among children for more than 30 years. A prolific author and popular international speaker, David delighted thousands with his energy, enthusiasm, and commitment. Although David passed away in 2018, his dedication to literacy, and his superb body of work in the field, form a lasting legacy in Canadian education.


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Bob Barton was born in Ontario. After years of teaching elementary school, he eventually began teaching in secondary. He later became an Education Officer and an Arts Coordinator with the Ontario Ministry of Education. He has been a teaching master at teachers’ college, a visiting author in the schools, a performer and a storyteller. Over the years he has published many children’s books, including The Bear Says North (2003) and Poetry Goes to School (2004). Barton has worked professionally as a storyteller for over thirty years, sharing his stories across Canada, the United States, and England. He is the recipient of many literacy and arts awards. Today he still sits on several boards which help promote literacy, but he doesn’t neglect his hobbies of cooking, reading, and gardening. Barton has two grown children and lives with his wife in Toronto.

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