IS 409 Storytelling

Fundamental principles of the art of storytelling including techniques of adaptation and presentation; content and sources of materials; methods of learning; practice in storytelling; planning the story hour for school and public libraries and other public information settings; and audio, video, and digital media.

Learning objectives

  • To explore story sources, selection, performance, and narration 
  • To tell stories and grapple with the practical aspects of storytelling as a communication art 
  • To gain a deeper theoretical understanding of the nature of story and its place in society
  • To attain an understanding of folklore and its dissemination, along with awareness of ongoing controversies over the meaning and interpretation of tales
  • To create programs using storytelling, for people of all ages
  • To develop confidence that each person is already a storyteller with the potential to become a better one

Recent syllabus

Scheduled Offerings

  • Spring 2020

    • IS409AG
      Thu, 5:00 pm - 7:50 pm
      Room 131
      On-Campus
      Meets with IS 409 AU.
      Instructor
      Daniel Keding
      CRN
      67373
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4
    • IS409AU
      Thu, 5:00 pm - 7:50 pm
      Room 131
      On-Campus
      Meets with IS 409 AG. Undergraduate students: Priority is given to students pursuing a transfer into the BS/IS degree (http://go.ischool.illinois.edu/BSIS) until November 18, and IS Advisor Approval is required. INFO Minors will be able to register starting at noon on November 18. All restrictions will be lifted by noon on December 2. Questions may be sent to ischool-is@illinois.edu
      Instructor
      Daniel Keding
      CRN
      67641
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      3
  • Summer 2019

    • IS409AO
      Mon, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
      Online
      Restricted to graduate students in the School of Information Sciences.
      Instructor
      Kathleen McDowell
      CRN
      40252
      Length
      8 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4
  • Spring 2019

    • IS409AG
      Mon, 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm
      Room 131
      On-Campus
      Meets with IS 409 AU.
      Instructor
      Daniel Keding
      CRN
      67373
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4
    • IS409AU
      Mon, 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm
      Room 131
      On-Campus
      Meets with IS 409 AG.
      Instructor
      Daniel Keding
      CRN
      67641
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      3
    • IS409AO
      Thu, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      Online
      Restricted to graduate students in the School of Information Sciences.
      Instructor
      Douglas Lipman
      CRN
      67560
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4

Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).