IS 410 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.

Previously IS409.

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

  • Fall 2020

    • IS410A02 - Storytelling
      Fri, 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm
      Online
      For 4 credits, students will complete 5 assignments, including a 20+ entry Future File collection of stories for future storytelling. For 2 credits, students will complete all assignments except the Future File.
      Instructor
      Kathleen McDowell
      CRN
      73408
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      2
    • IS410AO3 - Storytelling
      Tue, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
      Online
      Instructor
      Sharon Comstock
      CRN
      73587
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      2 - 4
    • IS410AOG - Storytelling
      Fri, 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm
      Online
      For 4 credits, students will complete 5 assignments, including a 20+ entry Future File collection of stories for future storytelling. For 2 credits, students will complete all assignments except the Future File.
      Instructor
      Kathleen McDowell
      CRN
      73128
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
    • IS410AOU - Storytelling
      Fri, 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm
      Online
      Restricted to Undergraduates with Junior standing or above. Restricted to Information Sciences majors until one week before classes begin (by noon 8/17/2020). Undergraduate questions may be sent to ischool-is@illinois.edu
      Instructor
      Kathleen McDowell
      CRN
      73130
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      3
  • Spring 2020

    • IS409AG - Storytelling
      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 - Storytelling
      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

Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).