after peeking at most of the ideas from others, I think most of the ways I've used stories in teaching are already on the table but here's my thoughts after a long day and at 9:30 before bed.
1. to activate different learning styles and strengths
2. Use as an introduction to a new lesson/class/topic to 'activate schema' (thats a big word for this late)
3. Have students write a story to use a a review of a topic/lesson/idea rather than using typical assessments
4. using real life stories to heighten importance or relation of topic to the real world rather. Authentic can often have deeper impact than fiction.
5. on the flip side to #4. Stories can help lighten a heavy topic/lesson or add comedy and make it easier to discuss further.
6. Good stories can address universal themes. An entire classroom can all take away a variety of lessons/meanings from the same story leading to broader/bigger picture conversations that are relatable to most. I find this helpful for classrooms with multiple cultures and esl.
7. reacting to, summarizing, commenting on video/news/etc.
8. writing origin stories or 'how i got to this classroom/place'
9. good practice for simplification or only including info that drives the story (for example i struggled to write a story in 250 words yesterday). Another good method for esl classes.
10. I really like the old esl game of 1 person telling a story to another who 'draws' the story. Pictures are shared with another group and they proceed to write the story using only the picture. Then new stories are shared. Its always good for a laugh and also interesting to see which parts of the story the 'drawer' connected most with (or in my case, whichever part I am able to draw with stick figures)
Good night, all!
I hadn't heard of the tell/draw/write story game you describe in point 10 and I love it - what a great idea for learning a language, and also for first class or a longer icebreaker with a group just getting to know each other. I will keep that for the future, thank you!