"A Pocketful of Stories"
Classroom Storytelling Activities
1. Tell and re-tell
2. Tell a familiar story from another perspective. Example: the wolf's viewpoint in Little Red Riding Hood.
3. Tell a personal story about something that happened to you, about someone who is important in your life.
4. Tell "whoppers" or tall tales. Start a "Liars' Club". Who can tell the wildest tale? This is especially useful for primary children who may be reluctant tellers.
5. Conduct interviews with well-known story characters. The teacher may be the interviewer while the children play the role of the famous character. The interviewers questions may help to lead the character through the events of the story or may ask for new information.
6. Create your own stories following the typical format of a folk tale. Who is the hero? What challenge must be overcome? What obstacles are presented to prevent the hero from reaching the goal? How are they overcome? Element of magic?
7. Map out the main events that occur in a story to aid in the telling. Once children learn to create story maps for telling, the skill can be applied to their personal writing experiences.
8. Give the students a story outline (story map) and have them tell it filling out the details to make the story more interesting.
9. Examine stories that should be read rather than told because the language needs to be maintained as it was written or because the pictures carry the story.
10. Make a bulletin board display of:
11. Examine different kinds of stories: fables, legends, fairy tales etc.
12. Have older students learn stories that they can tell to younger children in the school.
13. Start a Storytellers Club where stories are shared.
14. Challenge students to learn a story that someone in the family remembers from childhood.
15. Have a multicultural festival, learning and telling stories from many cultures.
16. Integrate stories from other cultures or other eras into the social studies program.
17. Find several versions of the same story, eg Cinderella.
18. Collect creation stories why the bear has a short tail, why the hare is always running, etc.