The tradition of oral storytelling is an art that stretches back to humankind's earliest cultures. While storytelling is often considered as a form of entertainment, it has also long been used as a teaching tool as well-- a way of engaging listeners to come to new understanding of their world through subtle means. It is my belief that stories, particularly stories with a clear tie to students' sense of place, can be more widely applied to effectively generate interest in specific scientific topics and help students to form emotional connections with the topics under discussion. The following personal narrative describes an example of my own experience in using a traditional Arapaho tale to help a group of 4th-6th girl scouts learn about the ecological role of turkey vultures.
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Osenga, Elise C.
"Using Storytelling to Raise Interest in Vultures,"
The STEAM Journal:
2, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholarship.claremont.edu/steam/vol2/iss2/8