Storytelling in Schools
Motivating Children to Write Using Storytelling by Ann Wilson
This workshop may last 2 to 4 hours depending upon the time allotment. It is highly interactive. The participants may be teachers, educational aides, librarians, storytellers or anyone that may be involved with children at a project level. Since it is fun and interactive, it is a good workshop for the difficult-to-place groups of non-classroom employees who must attend an in-service day. It is also helpful to teachers and support staff accompanying students to camp.
The participants learn:
The presenter tells stories and uses the 12-page handout as a guide through out the workshop as the attendees do various exercises that they will take back to the student groups with which they work. Many past attendees have stated that the handout has become a very important part of their educational activities files.
Fracture a Fairytale
The Lone Ranger Model
This is because one of the 3 secrets to help students create a story is to use themselves as the characters in the story. This supplies the dialogue to move the story along and the reason the students become very fussy about what is said and how it is said. They also become very interested in how a character moves.
As an example, we set up a situation and have the characters enter a room, the students act out the situation and physically come through a door together. The movements that they make (push, shove, trip, stumble, saunter, run) are noted and described as well as what they said to each other i.e. "What's your hurry? Stop that! I was here first. It's my turn, or You go first." All of these elements become part of our story.
When their story is finished (it takes about a month of twice weekly 2 hour work sessions), the students act out their stories for their classmates, parents, administrators and other interested people. We have an autograph party. All of the class stories are bound into a book and each group autographs their story and has the other groups autograph their stories. I have had a group of special education students stay after school twice a week for a month to write a story, because they wanted to write another story and there no more class room time.
The entire workshop is based upon what worked during an eight-year period of creating stories in special education classrooms. These techniques were also effective during a year of weekly visits to a sixth grade classroom. The sixth grade students stated that they learned how to think.
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