Adirondack Storytelling
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Grade: 4th Grade
Class: ELA
Author: Joanne McCormick
Potsdam Central School
NYS Content Area Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
The Arts:
Standard 1: Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Human HistoryCulture & The Arts
Keywords: Storytelling, masks, puppets
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How can we use our knowledge of Adirondack folklore and history to create an entertaining original story?

In preparation for this challenge, the teacher needs to model or provide examples of the following storytelling techniques:

  • Taking on the voice of character
  • Candle lighting
  • Stick puppets
  • Simple costumes (ie hat, bonnets, apron, shawls etc.)
  • Masks
  • Narration by one member while others act out the story
  • Setting of the scene
The Challenge:

With the help of your teacher, arrange yourselves into teams of no more than 3. Write and orally present from memory an original story using information you have learned about storytelling and our Adirondack region. Give a written copy of your story to your teacher before you present. (Student Hand-Out)

The elements of form required for the project will need to be introduced or reviewed and may certainly be modified as needed. Appropriate resources about the Adirondack region will need to be provided. Examples of Student Stories

A Northern Forest Partnership Challenge

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Example of Student Work
Quality Standards:


  • An Original Adirondack Story


  • Story is creative, original and oral version uses at least 3 storytelling techniques.
  • Story has a title
  • Story has an introduction that includes background information
  • Story is in a narrative form
  • Story describes a sequences of events
  • Story has a beginning, middle, and end and shows both conflict and resolution
  • Oral storytelling performance is at least 2-3 minutes in length and will not exceed 5 minutes.
  • Story makes sense
  • Story involves interesting vocabulary
  • Story has sentences that are varied
  • Story has correct spelling/punctuation
  • Story is written in complete sentences
  • Story is handwritten neatly or typed
  • Written version of story Includes a list of the references you used.

Content - both the written and oral version of story contain:

  • A description of an Adirondack village
  • A description of an Adirondack animal
  • A description of an Adirondack person from the past
  • A description of an Adirondack body of water
  • Language that sets the story in a specific time period (i.e. early 1800’s, 1930’s etc.)
  • Celebrates/describes people and events from the Adirondacks
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Content - Story contains:

  • A description of an Adirondack village
  • description of an Adirondack animal
  • A description of an Adirondack person from the past
  • A description of an Adirondack body of water