FOR 912 YEAR OLDS
(If you want to retell any of the stories listed below, be sure
to obtain permission from the copyright holder if the material
is not in the public domain)
Stories to tell to children 9-12 years old
Aladdin and His Magic Lamp by Kathleen N. Daly and Lowell Hess.
The Bremen-Town Musicians (Easy-to-Read Folktales) by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Ruth Belov Gross.
The Dancing Kettle from THE DANCING KETTLE AND OTHER JAPANESE FOLK TALES, illustrated by Richard C. Jones and Yoshiko Uchida
Elephant's Child by Rudyard Kipling, retold by Lorinda Cauley.
Fisherman and His Wife
The Judge (Zemach)
Lazy Jack and other Jack Tales (The Jack Tales by Richard Chase)
The Monkey and the Crocodile: A Jataka Tale from India by Paul Galdone.
The Snake Brothers
Sody Sallyraytus (Grandfather Tales by Richard Chase)
The Three Sillies by Steven Kellogg.
Why Dogs Hate Cats from The Knee-High Man and Other Tales (Picture Puffins by Julius Lester)
Why the Sea Is Salt and Other Stories (Creation Myths) by Margaret Mayo and Tony Ross.
Wicked John and the Devil by Richard Chase)
The Woman Who Flummoxed the Fairies by Heather Forest.
Also ethnics myths and legends such as African,
Native American, Yiddish, etc., such as:
Anansi's Hat-Shaking Dance
Gizon's Counting Trip (Aardema's Tales For The Third Ear)
Also: American Tall-Tales such as:
2) 6th graders love
The Story of Jumping Mouse (Caldecott Honor Books)(Seven Arrows)
The Mask http://www.story-lovers.com/listsmaskstories.html
Learn to Write
in the Sand http://www.story-lovers.com/listswar&peacestories.html
The Wooden Sword http://www.story-lovers.com/listswoodenswordstories.html
Blind Man Catches a Bird from Peace Tales by Margaret Read MacDonald); also found at http://www.story-lovers.com/listsblindmancatchesbird.html
3) 7th grade ages are11-12; 8th
grade ages are 12-13 years old. Noodlehead Stories by Martha Hamilton was The Great Hit!
4) The two things that seem to work with that age are either funny
stories or GOOD scary stories.
Urban legends or stories based on history can be fun, especially
if you have some way of tying them to the kids (local stories,
or stories that COULD be local, etc.).
5) Some stories are: Difference between
Heaven and Hell, First Tears, Black Prince, Debate in Sign Language,
The Wooden Sword, Jumping Mouse, Nasredin Stories.
6) Start with something bawdy: The Parrot's
Prayer Answered (posted here a few years ago); The
Tailor and his Wife; A Reason to
Beat your Wife.
7) Diane Wolkstein's wonderful Haitian stories from The Magic Orange Tree: and Other Haitian Folktales. There are some gems for this age - e.g., Owl,
Monkey Who Asked for Misery, the title story.
8) 7th graders like Ooka the Wise: Tales of Old Japan stories, The Teacher's Underwear from Arthur's Adventure's Four-Book Set (Arthur's Underwear, Arthur's TV Trouble, Arthur's Teacher Trouble, Arthur's Lost and Found), and any story where the ending is not predictable. When they chose
stories to tell themselves, inevitably someone in each class would
choose Godfather Death and The Twelve Dancing Princesses.
9) The harder-edged Jack stories
or The Man With No Story; African
dilemma stories with an explanation that they are used as training
stories for debating really difficult issues in tribal societies.
The ability to open one's mouth at the right time might save the
tribe. Wonder tales still work wonders with older children. Something like The
Three Golden Hairs of Grandfather All Know. Also Wonder tales where the girl characters get the boys out of trouble.
10) Spiders in the Hairdo. Also,
the story about Charlie Parkhurst (the female who disguised herself as a man & worked as one
of the best stage coach drivers in CA for the Wells Fargo Company). The Peddler's Dream works well for
7th grade. The Weeping Girl at the Dancing
Place is also good for both grades.
Stories of Self Esteem for this age group
11) Owl from Dianne Wolkstien's The Magic Orange Tree: and Other Haitian Folktales.
12) Olode the Hunter and Other Tales from Nigeria, Harold Courlander, 1968 Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc. NY. It is a Yoruba story, title in the book is Why
No One Lends His Beauty, although I have always called
it Shoye's Beauty.
13) Using Picture Storybooks to Teach Character Education: (Using Picture Books to Teach) by Susan Hall. Published by oryx press 2000..
The way I think about it, any story where a character exhibits
these traits provides an opportunity to think about what creates
self-esteem. Kids 9-12 have enjoyed picture books nominally geared
to younger kids.... especially if there's an opportunity for discussion.
Here are the character traits referenced.
14) The Black Prince - the theme
of this story is that some choices we make cannot be undone.
The Magic Brush. I have used this
successfully with this age group. This is one of my favorite ones.
The King's Hawk (Sometimes called The King's Falcoln)
The Wooden Sword
One Small Bird - also on my website.
There are 2 bibliographies on my website that may also be of help
would suggest Queen with a Cold Cold Heart from Crazy Gibberish and Other Story Hour Stretches : From a Storyteller's Bag of Tricks by Naomi Baltuck for one
of the stories. It's about 7-8 minutes easy to learn and full
of audience participation.
16) My favorite story for this age group is The
Teacher's Underwear, a story originally collected during
the 30s by Jon Lee and Wolfram Eberhard for the WPA in the Chinatowns
of San Francisco and Oakland. You can find a retelling of it in Tongues of Jade by Laurence Yep.
The title alone is an attention-getter.
web page updated 12/3/05; 7/17/07)