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What is storytelling?Storytellingis the social and cultural activity of sharing stories, often with improvisation, theatrics, or embellishment. Stories or narratives have been shared in every culture as means of entertainment, education, cultural Preservation and instilling moral values.

Why Storytelling?Educators have long known that the arts can contribute to student academic success and emotional well being. The ancient art of storytelling is especially well-suited for student exploration. No special equipment beyond the imagination and the power of listening and speaking is needed to create artistic images.As a learning tool, storytelling can encourage students to explore their unique expressiveness and can heighten a student's ability to communicate thoughts and feelings in an articulate, lucid manner.

StorytellingIt is the art of using language, vocalization, physical movement and gestures to reveal the elements and images of a story to a specific, live audience.

It is said thatThe art of bringing a story to life is, through the inflection in ones voice, rhythm, facial expressions, hands and body movements.

By Garvie 1990Stories are powerful means of language teaching. A skillful teacher can use story to develop more efficient listening, more fluent speaking and the ability to read and write easily and completely

THE HIDDEN POWER OF STORYScience, by its own definition doesnt give us meaning. It just provides us with facts. Our lives gain meaning only when we tell our story. -DAVID STEINDL-RAST

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS WEBINAR CATCH-UPHerbert Puchta ( September 4, 2015- webinar recording, young learners, Cambridge University press) discusses the importance of story in pre-school children.

According to Dr. Herbert,

stories are so essential to young learners.There are numerous reasons to be used storytelling strategic teaching, specially in pre-school.

Why stories are Important.Dr. Herbert saysIt helps,Grab childrens attention.Children encounter words.Take children on a journey.Children make the most of language.Stimulate intense experience without actually having lived through them. e.g jungle, sea world or any accident etc.Survive and make sense of the real world.Children in a social senses.

Other benefits:(Making connection)Stories are lexically dense.Stories are powerful source of imagination.Stories can lead the children towards creative thinking then writing.Stories can make your class more communicative.Stories can be more helpful make a child confident.Stories can introduce cultural activities.Stories build moral values in an interesting way.Stories enhance public speaking skills.Stories reduce stage fear.

MAKING STORIES EXCITING AND FUN Add the tools of the teller:VoiceBodyFaceImaginationEnthusiasm/Spirit (Cooperation with the audience!)

Elements of story

The plot of a great story includes:A starting point, quickly setting up the story.An interesting dilemma or conflict.The journey to resolve the conflict.Climax.Resolution.The lesson learned.

Easy steps to create great storytelling(Create a thirst or curiosity) Create charactersMake your storytelling big or smallHave fully control on your facial expressionsTalk with your handsCreate a story telling atmosphereWin the audience with the first lineTell the story with FEELING!Involve the audience in the story!!!!Slow down for the ending

HOW TO TELL STORIESMASTERING STORYTELLING FUNDAMENTALS:Engage your audience.Build the scene.Build tension and release tension.Focus on whats important.Keep the flow logical.Make it feel conclusive.

Can you please make a story?

Activities related to storiesMASTERING STORYTELLING FUNDAMENTALS:You can tell stories while children draw it.Boost-up artistic abilities.Prompt questions after exact you have told story.imperative sentencesSuggested stories:Story of zero.ALLAH is omnipresent.

"This evocative form of folklore sometimes stands in the stead of a wisdom tale. Thought-provoking proverbs can suggest a larger scenario. I invite readers to look at proverbs creatively and imagine the story the proverb suggests." -Heather Forest

Suggested stories. (Proverbs)With or without plotHe that goes barefoot must not plant thorns. (English)Better to be a free bird than a captive King. (Danish)A book gives knowledge, but it is life that gives understanding. (Hebrew)Better bread with water than cake with trouble. (Russian)The heaviest burden is an empty pocket. (Yiddish)A candle lights others but consumes itself. (English)

Short stories list. With or without plotOne finger cannot lift a pebble. (Iranian)When elephants battle, the ants perish. (Cambodian)If you chase two hares, you will not catch either. (Russian)One dog barks because it sees something; a hundred dogs bark because they heard the first dog bark. (Chinese)The sieve says to the needle: You have a hole in your tail. (Pakistan)Talk does not cook rice. (Chinese)After the rain, there is no need for an umbrella. (Bulgaria)You can't chew with somebody else's teeth. (Yiddish)Every kind of animal can be tamed, but not the tongue of man. (Philippine)

Short stories listWith or without plotIt takes a village to raise a child. (Africa)It is one thing to cackle and another to lay an egg. (Ecuador)To hide one lie, a thousand lies are needed. (India)Step by step one ascends the staircase. (Turkey)Anger is a bad adviser. (Hungary)Eyes can see everything except themselves. (Serbo-Croatian)Haste makes waste. (English)



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