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How to change stories.

Today is the last our Top 10 Tips of Storytelling.We hope you have found them useful in the run up to National Storytelling Week (28th Jan – 4th Feb). We would love to hear what stories you are sharing with your class/setting, so why not share them with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.

Today’s tip is all about how you can change stories, improvise. The video also includes a tip on how to adapt a story for children with EAL.

Hope you enjoyed the tips. We’ve certainly learned a lot whilst making them as these are the first videos we have made ourselves.

How to use your hands whilst telling stories

#NationalStorytellingWeek is almost here and here we are with tip 9 of our Top 10 tips of stoytelling in the classroom. This video is all about how to use your hands to draw the audience in when you are telling stories to children and keep them engaged, plus how not to over do it.

How to choose stories to tell to children

We’re back with tip 8 of the Top 10 tips of storytelling in the classroom.

Today’s tip is all about choosing stories children can interact with or adding things to a story for them into interact. This is where the breakdown of the story from tip 2 comes in handy so you remind yourself where to add them.

Tip 7 how to use your face

Today top tip for when you are telling stories to children is how to use your eyes and face to keep everyone’s attention.

Using you face is a great way to build energy and keep everyone engaged. So don’t worry about those laughter lines, get that face moving.

How to keep everyone’s attention when telling a story

Today’s is tip 6 of the Top 10 Tips of Storytelling and it’s all about how you use your voice to keep everyone’s attention. This is just as important if you are reading a story as it is when you are telling one.

Here is today’s tip

Tip 5: Setting the Scene

Our tip today is all about setting the scene before you start to tell a story. We do this to build excitement for the story and it is a great opportunity for learning.

It’s very easy to skip this step but it helps to build energy and if you give a bit of background first it helps to stop some children’s attention from wandering because they haven’t worked out what the story is all about.

Discussion about stories is so important because you can teach so much by giving a context tot he the knowledge. For instance if I’m telling Pojo Saves the Rainforest I always ask what they think a rainforest is like afters a discussion I always bring it back by asking, ” Well let’s see if you are right?”  Then at the end of the story we can pick that point back up.

You might ask questions about:

  • When a story is set
  • Where is is set
  • The main characters and what they are like
  • Situations in the story e.g. getting lost.

Hope that helps, I would love to know what you think about the tips.

Tip 4 of the Top 10 Tips of Storytelling in the Classroom

Below is tip 4 of the storytelling tips we have been sharing in the the run up to National Storytelling Week (28th Jan – 4th Feb). The National Storytelling Week is in it’s 17th year and is organised by the Society of Storytellers. Check out their website for events that are taking place throughout the week in your area.

But why promote storytelling in schools?

Primarily because it improves literacy. If you are familiar with Pie Corbett you know how he uses storytelling to help develop story writing in his Talk 4 Writing programme. Now our own development on that is to add in creativity by getting children to make items to either help them tell the story or to help inspire their own stories.

Although it may seem as if speaking and listening has less prominence in the National Curriculum than it used to it is still an intrinsic part and the basis for the rest of literacy. Good oral skills mean that children can convey their ideas and show their thinking regardless of the subject. It is also a life skill with employers constantly looking for good communicators who show creativity. Storytelling is also big in the business world as many now see it as way of marketing, by telling their business’ story.

Today’s tip is one of the crucial.