- Easier - Since people
began to communicate with each other, "Tell me a
story" has been a request of both children and adults.
Storytelling is one person telling others of
something. The story can be of a real event or it can
be made up. Storytelling is often a part of our
- Harder - Storytelling
is one of the earliest forms of folkart. Storytelling
probably first consisted of simple chants that praised
the dawn, expressed the joy of being alive, and were
used to ease the drudgery and boredom of laborious
tasks. Later the storyteller became the community
entertainer by combining their stories with poetry,
music, and dance. The storyteller also evolved into
the group historian. This was the beginning of
- Storytelling during the Middle Ages was expanded
into the art of the traveling troubadour, who
journeyed across the land. They were welcomed in
castle, court, and market place. They gathered the
news, conveyed the best tales, and were expected to
know the favorites in each region. The invention of
moveable type and the development of the print
publishing business led to reading replacing
listening, and the decline of storytelling.
- In recent decades, there has been a renewed
interest in the art of storytelling. Professional
storytellers tour the United States and Canada.
Likewise storytelling conferences and festivals abound
and attract a wide audience. In formal storytelling
today, the teller prepares a story to present to their
listeners. Some storytellers tell stories from their
own imagination. Other stories have been gathered,
sometimes adapted from books and other storytellers.
Folklore stories such as myths, epics, legends, and
fables continue to be favorites.
- Here you can find help in learning how to tell
stories. The site includes hints on techniques,
contacts with online story resources and websites,
storytellers, and associations devoted to the Art of
- Related Websites:
- 2) In Pursuit of the Realm of the Oral Tradition
- 3) What is Storytelling? by C. Larkin http://www.eldrbarry.net/roos/st_is.htm
- 4) What Storytelling Is. An Attempt at Defining
the Art Form
Shepard's Storytelling Page
- Author Aaron Shepard shares some tales and tips on
how to tell a story.
for Storytellers from Internet School
Library Media Center
- This handbook on
storytelling offers hints to anyone who is interested
in telling stories. You'll have to learn for yourself
what works for you and develop your own storytelling
- 2) Perceiving The Foundation of
- At this website, you can
find ideas for stories to tell, storytelling crafts to
make, and activities.
- After visiting several of the
storytelling websites, complete one or
more of these activities.
- Complete a WebQuest. Follow or
adapt the directions found at one of these
- 1) Appalachian Storytelling (Grades
7-8) by R. Silvey
- 2) Fairy Tale Quest http://www.plainfield.k12.in.us/hschool/webq/webq19/tales.htm
- 3) Finding Forgotten Folktales (Grade
10) by J. Johnson
- 4) Ghostchasers Across the Carolinas
(Grades 7 and up)
- 5) Middle Ages: Storytelling WebQuest
(Grades 4-8) by M. Durant
- 6) Oral Tradition WebQuest (Grade 6)
by K. Harrell
- 7) Storyteller's WebQuest by E. Hunt
- Tell a Story. Learn all that
you can about the art of storytelling.
Start with ideas from (1) Art
of Storytelling, (2) Handbook
for Storytellers, and (3) Aaron
Shepard's Storytelling Page. You can
get lots more ideas by visiting websites
found at (4) Storytelling
Ring. Also take time to go to (5)
Myth and Legend, (6) The
Moonlit Road, and other story
collection sites to select your first
story. If you are getting a story from a
book, read it aloud before deciding
whether to adapt it for telling. Start out
with a short, simple story. Choose one
that you like. Practice in front of a
mirror; pay attention to your stance and
gestures. Practice by recording your
story; listen carefully to your voice
mannerisms. Practice on videotape;
experiment with pacing and look for
ineffective gestures and distractions. Try
telling the story to a friends. Listen for
feedback, evaluate it critically. Time the
story; see which parts need to be told
faster and where you need to slow down.
Don't rush the delivery, but also don't
let it run to long.
- Join a Storytelling Mailing
List. You can find directions for
joining the STORYTELL mailing list at:
Be prepared to receive 30 or more messages
- Build a Story Collection.
Collect stories from family, friends,
books and internet sources. Build a
database that includes your story source
(book title, author, publisher or date and
the name of person you heard the story
from). Include an outline of the story,
think in terms of scenes. Note the story
theme. List and describe the setting and
characters. Record the key phrases that
you want to use. Research the background
of the each story, the country it is from,
historical background, etc.
- Join or Start a Storytelling
Club. Find other people that are
interested in storytelling. Visit
Across America to get ideas and locate
an organization in your area. If there is
none in your local area, consider starting
one. If interested in storytelling
competition, visit Guidelines
for State Representatives for the National
Storytelling Youth Olympics.
- More Storytelling Websites
- Here you find stories, articles, interviews from
back issues of 'Telling Tales.'
- Related Website:
- 2) Stories of the Dreaming http://www.dreamtime.net.au/dreaming/index.htm
for Digital Storytelling
- This webiste assists people in using digital media
to tell meaningful stories from their lives.
Literature - Resources for
- This links-site connects to a select number of
- Although this site has some 'link-rot', there are
still some good resources on storytelling plus an
- These are the 'Frequently
Asked Questions' posted irregularly to
Storytell email list and
- This is another great
startup site with storytelling information, stories,
- Here you can connect to an endless number of
- Here you can read stories, learn about
storytellers, or do some fun writing activities.
- This is the website of a nationwide effort to
create youth storytelling clubs in schools and
communtities around the world.
- Online Stories and Tales
Whootie: Stories to Grow By
- This collection of stories and tales from around
the world includes a lesson plan and simple questions.
Search the stories or see a complete list with
descriptions, age range, and time required to read the
Myths from Around the World
- All societies have passed down stories through the
generations explaining creation and the relationship
between humans, the environment, and the spirit
Myth and Legend (The Children's Literature
- This links-site connects to a wide variety of
references and sources.
- Travel down 'The Moonlit Road' to read
folktales from the American South or listen as the
region's best storytellers weave their magic.
American Traditional Storytelling
- This links site connects to stories, myths, and
Sources for Story Telling by D. Friedman and
E. Cook (Cariadoc's Miscellany)
- This website contains a bibliography and links for
Medieval/Renaissance storytelling resources.
Sheppard's Storytelling Links
- Here is a collection of storytelling resources on
- This website houses memories of the Blue Ridge
Mountain areas. Draw up a chair or nail keg and enjoy
these tales from the mountains.
- Not-To-Be-Missed Section:
- 2) Tales From The Mountains
- Websites for Teachers
- In this creative writing activity, students will
use familiar characters, plots and settings from
traditional fairy tales to create "fractured"
versions. By altering the story line, adding an
unexpected twist, or creating a contemporary "spin,"
students will experiment with satire, irony and
Remus to Rap: A History in Theory and Practice of
African-American Storytelling (Grades
7-12) by J. Perlstein from Yale-New Haven
- This unit is intended to expose students to the
storytelling tradition in African-American culture.
There are two components to the unit: the first is
historical and theoretical and the second is
practical. These two components would intertwine.
Through Storytelling from Turner South
and Turner Learning, Inc.
- Help! I'm not a storyteller, and I don't have time
to learn. Sure you are. You don't have to be a
polished professional to tell stories.
- Story Arts
- This website was created for teachers and
librarians about the use of storytelling in the
classroom to enhance speaking, listening, reading and
Starters by F, Vitali at AskERIC Lesson
Plans (All grades)
- Sometimes simple props such as masks, puppets and
costumes take the attention away from the student so
s/he can focus on the content and telling of the
- Similar Lesson Plans:
- 2) Pizzaz!...Basket Stories http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~leslieob/storybasket.html
- 3) Pizzaz!...Chain Stories http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~leslieob/chains.html
- 4) Pizzaz!...Magazine Marvels http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~leslieob/magmarvel.html
and the Art of Teaching by E.M. Pedersen
- (Forum, Vol 33 No 1, January - March
- This article explores storytelling as the original
form of teaching.
with the Flannelboard by I. Ramsey from
Internet School Library Media Center
- Learn how to prepare stories as well as the
materials needed for making a flannelboard.
- Other Storytelling Resources at
- 2) Games for Teaching Storytelling http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/storygames.htm
- 3) Choosing Stories for Storytelling http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/storychoose.htm
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