Tell Me A Story!

Students bring stories to life and make important connections to language arts learning with national award-winning storyteller TAHIRA. TAHIRA’s engaging and joyful storytelling supports students’ learning about character, setting, story sequence and more. Students adapt stories, using their personal experiences and values to express themselves. SEL competencies, including responsible decision making, self-awareness, and social awareness are woven into the learning.

NJSLS Standards

  • NJSLS RI.2: Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
  • NJSLS RL.9: Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

Kid Friendly Standards

  • NJSLS RI.2: We can retell or summarize a story including the important details. I can find the theme or moral of a story.
  • NJSLS RL.9: We can compare and contrast different versions of the same story. I can compare and contrast themes and events in stories.



SEL Competencies



TAHIRA is a storyteller, poet, vocalist, and percussionist with a bachelor’s degree from Temple University’s School of Communication and Theatre. Whether performing her original works or her vast repertoire of stories from the African oral tradition, she brings to her audience messages of courage, hope, and triumph.

As a YA teaching artists, she explores the various forms of storytelling to teach students critical thinking and creativity.

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