Improving Literacy Through Storytelling

Antonio Sacre

Antonio Sacre

Storyteller, Author, and Educator, UCLA Lab School

Release Date: Monday, April 20, 2023

Join this fascinating conversation that surrounds storytelling—an age-old oral tradition—and how it can be used to improve reading and writing in the classroom.

Our guest, Antonio Sacre, a professional storyteller, children’s book author, and educator, will discuss the simple technique of storytelling and how teachers and specialists can use it to help unlock the writer in every student and get them excited about reading. 

Listeners will find this podcast inspiring, captivating, and immediately applicable to classroom instruction. Sacre will discuss the science behind why and how storytelling works to support reading, how to share a good story, and the types of stories that motivate students to want to read and write more.

We hope you’ll join us as our internationally renowned expert leaves you with stories to tell, the capability to share stories more effectively, and keys to teaching them to students across the curriculum.

You’ll learn:

  • Tips about making read-a-louds come to life and the research that supports storytelling, with a focus on ELLs
  • Five secrets to effective storytelling—and how those secrets help build literacy skills in students
  • How personal storytelling builds empathy and student connection
  • Ways to augment multicultural literacy


Guest Presenter

For 25 years, in 13 countries, in 45 states, for more than 3 million people…Antonio Sacre has told stories.

His tales of growing up bilingually in a Cuban and Irish-American household have inspired children worldwide to gather their own family stories and become storytellers themselves. His stories have been published in award-winning books and audio recordings. His professional developments and keynote addresses have helped educators teach writing to students from prekindergarten through graduate school. Now, his stories are being developed for film and television.

He teaches at the UCLA Lab School, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two children, and two cats. Yes, he's a cat guy.