Tip: Storytelling Techniques
How do I do it?
Before telling or retelling a story, plan out your storytelling and use the following strategies. (If you have time, practice in front of the mirror or film yourself and make changes so that the key concepts you want to emphasize shine through.)
Strategies: The story should deal only with the problem set up at the beginning of the story (anything else that does not take the story forward should be excluded). Describe the characters in detail. Don’t memorize-improvise. Create an active silence (keeping eye-contact) before you start the story, after you end the story, after telling a part of the story that will allow the listener to reflect, visualize, imagine etc. Vary your loudness and tone of voice. Use sound effects. Use gestures. Use props. Stay relaxed and confident.
Variations & Alternatives:
Have students write short stories between 3 sentences and 5 paragraphs long. Teach them 1-3 of the storytelling techniques and have them practice. Invite family, friends, and community members to a storytelling night when students will tell their stories.
Common Core ELA Language Standard 3
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
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