>In addition to playing music--of my choice as much as possible--I have >tapes of stories from nationally known storytellers that I play. Students >rarely talk during these stories, and many times ask for the stories (I >teach grades 10 through 12.) Many of them are from an organization called >National Storytellers that meets each fall in East Tennessee. They have >fabulous stories from many different cultures! Another idea is to play >some of the audio books that are available. Many times students will bring >in some great music too. They like to feel they have some ownership in >the choice also. Storytelling allows for the students to form their own >"visuals" unlike watching TV or movies. Sometimes after a story, I've had >the students illustrate one of the characters or describe one of the >characters, and it is great to hear how everyone has their own "image" of >the character or object.