Thanks to a grant from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Junior League of Tampa, Inc., storytelling coaching manuals are available. All principals, assistant principals, and media specialists in Hillsborough County public and private elementary, middle and high schools should have received a manual. If you cannot locate your school’s copy (it’s white with a purple castle on the front) or you are not affiliated with a Hillsborough County public or private school, look on this website for “Coaching Manual” or call Lorie Toni at (813) 273-3764 or Jody Wren at 813-273-3764 for a free copy—or
If you call to request a copy, please note that there is a nominal charge of $5.00 per manual for anyone outside the Hillsborough County area.
Virginia Rivers, Victoria Gregor, and Amy Crane spent a year revising, updating, and expanding the Committee’s manual for teaching storytelling. This manual guides novice tellers step by step through the process of turning shy and awkward children into Festival Quality Storytellers who can confidently stand in front of an audience and share a story. Manual highlights include:
- suggested lesson plans, with a timeline,
- a variety of storytelling games and activities,
- detailed instructions on coaching storytellers,
- suggested curriculum tie-ins,
- Sunshine State Standards and Hillsborough County FCAT benchmarks covered by a storytelling unit, and
- a professional bibliography of books and websites for further help in bringing storytelling into your classroom.
This manual has all the information you need to get started. The information in the manual is helpful for enhancing your curriculum with storytelling, even if you are not planning to participate in the Festival. See information above on where to find a manual or download a copy.