Objectives of workshop :   To enable pupils to :

use different strategies to tell a story

foster an appreciation of storytelling to learn the language

develop oracy skills to capture and maintain attention of audience

build confidence in storytelling and using your own words (not rote-learning!)

  appreciate literature through stories

Session 1

Tr demonstrate 3 different ways to tell a story  

Pupils practice story telling skills in pairs  

Pupils make visual reminder (a storyboard) to help memorise a story  

Interactive story

Session 2

Participation story (with lots of chorusing to raise awareness of variety in volume, pacing, expression)

Voice work focusing clarity, expression and variety   (30 mins)

Sequencing a story: tr tells and students re-tell using pictures  to remind them

Session 3

Sharing personal stories: students are guided through a process to help recollect  a true event, and then to shape and share the story (Where to begin? What to include/what to leave out?!)

  Tandem telling – students explore telling a folktale, working in groups of 4  (30 mins)

  Depending on the focus/objective of the workshop, participants are either given a short traditional story to prepare, or else they are provided with a variety of stimuli and tasked to prepare materials for the following week. Eg a list of story ingredients (to make pictures) a list of simple props (eg character/animal clip art to be downloaded from the web and cut-out and mounted as stick puppets); or tangram templates (to create a series of tangrams)  Pupils may choose to develop visuals/props for the tandem tale practiced earlier in the lesson (15 mins)  Note that the actual preparation  of drawings, tangrams, etc is to be done as homework, outside lesson time.  

Session 4

Pupils develop and practice their stories, using the materials collected prior to the lesson.

Pupils share the stories


It’s a very hands on
(hands in?) Course!


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