WHAT IS STORYTELLING?
Interactive Storytelling is a dramatic presentation of an story or poem shared with a person or audience. It may be oral, audio, visual or mime. The purpose is to share information, entertain or teach a lesson. The length may be 2 minutes to an hour.
The Interactive Storyteller encourages audience participation with the repetition of words or the use of sounds from instruments. Depending on the story, the results may draw a variety of emotions-a room full of laughter; tears; sighs; grunts; moans and other rare sounds.
The storyteller may enhanced the story with props, displays, slides or dress to showcase a personal story or reenact the life of a person
A STORYTELLER CREATES A RIPPLE EFFECT THAT LAST A LIFETIME.
Gwendolyn Lewis, known in the storytelling world as Ms. Gwen and The Ambassador of Family Literacy, received her post- graduate education in library science and elementary school administration.
Her true belief in family literacy addresses the idea that family and community involvement influences and reflects the quality of a child’s learning.
She addresses the illiteracy epidemic by traveling throughout Michigan presenting interactive family literacy workshops and storytelling using the book she authored PLANT A SEED… READ 101 ACTIVITIES TO MOTIVATE CHILDREN TO READ.!! Ms. Gwen also had a radio program titled. “Plant a Seed…Read!”
Many of her stories enhances character building –stories of kindness. She also reenacts the Lives of Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King and Maya Angelou.
Her performances includes Storyteller for MLK Jr. Day in Redford, Michigan; the Detroit, Shelby Township, Huntington Woods; Inkster and Oak Park Libraries; Jackson and Flint Storyteller’s Festivals; Detroit, Redford, Farmington Hills, Southfield and Warren Public Schools; McDonald’s Corp.: P.A.C.E. and Advantage Senior Centers. She is listed in the Michigan Humanities Touring Directory; and a member of the Detroit Association of Black Storyteller and Detroit Story League.
She gives Annual Recognition to MOST IMPROVED STUDENTS IN LITERACY IN THE 3rd and 8th GRADES at Sampson Elementary School in Detroit, Michigan.
To diminish the illiteracy rate by sharing family literacy skills and storytelling.