DEVELOPING LITERACY SKILLS: THE PEARLS 0F STORYTELLING IN CREATIVE WRITING ACROSS GENDER
Catherine Enayi Cchogwu
Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Benue State University, Makurdi
Gladys Ukume
Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Benue State University, Makurdi

Abstract
This study investigated the effect of storytelling activities on students’ achievement in creative writing. Storytelling as a language activity has a positive link with writing. Storytelling itself is a recreation of events, experiences, thoughts and feelings. It is therefore a pre—writing activity that motivates students to express their experiences and those of others in writing. The study adopted a quasi-experimental pre-test post-test control group design. Two research questions and two hypotheses were raised to guide the study. The sample size comprised 3 7 male and female junior secondary two students in Makurdi Metropolis The instruments for data collection were a storytelling and creative writing lesson plans and a Creative Writing Achievement Test (CWA T). Data were analysed with mean and standard deviation to answer the research questions while Analysis of Covariance (ANCOIC—l} was used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The findings indicated that students who participated in storytelling activities significantly performed better than those who were not exposed to storytelling. It was also found that girls performed significantly better than boys in creative writing. The researchers therefore recommended that language teachers should create activities in language classrooms that will motivate both boys and girls to write creatively to
enhance literacy.

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