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<ul><li><p>Storytelling</p><p> 1</p><p>StorytellingTipsByKenBradbury</p><p>LetmebeginbytellingyouthatIlovestorytelling.Ibelieveinstorytelling.Ithink</p><p>thattheadditionofstorytellingtomanystatescontestserieshasbeenanextremelyvaluableidea. SoWhatisstorytelling?Inshort,itssomethingwevedoneallourlives,ourparentswerestorytellersandtheressomethingaboutabeingagrandparentthatseemstoautomaticallyqualifyyouasatellerofstories.However,apersonneednotreachtheageof70or80tobeastoryteller. IlldirectmycommentstotherulesoftheIllinoisElementarySchoolAssociation,althoughthestorytellingeventcanbefoundinavarietyofformsinseveralstates.Therulesnodoubtvaryabit,buttheessentialsremainthesame. MyGrandpaRalphwasmissingthetwofingersonhisrighthand.theonesoppositehisthumb.Asayoungboythesesmooth,roundedstubsfascinatedme,andIdoftencrawluponhislapandsay,HeyGrandpa!Showmethosetwofingersyouaintgot!Hedsmileandholduphisrighthanddisplayingtwonormalfingers,athumb,andthosetwoabbreviateddigits.Again,therewasnothinggoryorhideousaboutthem.Theysimplylookedliketwotinyfingerswithoutfingernails.GrandpawouldthentellusthestoryabouthowhewascuttingwoodonabelowzeroIllinoiswinterday,usingoneofthosebuzzsawsattachedtotheflywheelofaJohnDeeretractorbyalong,rubberbelt.AccordingtoGrandpa,itwassocoldthathedidntnoticehedlosthisfingers.Accordingtohim,hecameinforlunch,tookoffhisgloves,andnoticedthetipsoftwofingersfalloutontothefloor.Okay,Irealizetheresaproblemwithlogichere.Howdidhecutoffthefingerswithoutcuttingtheglove?Authorsnote:truthisnotarequirementingoodstorytelling.Interestis,thatwasabygollyinterestingstory!.andthusgreatfodderforstorytelling. MymothertellsmeofthedaywhenIwasababyandshehadtakenmetothebasementwhereherwashingmachinewaslocated.AccordingtoMom,Iwasrecliningthereinmybabybasketandsuddenlystartedsmiling,laughing,andpointingtowardthepipesintheceiling.Shelookedupandsawaverylargeblacksnakecoiledaroundthepipes,lookingdownhungrilyatthebabybelowhim(assumingthesnakewasahe.)Mompanickedandranupthestairs,momentarilyforgettingthatshedlefthersoninthebasementwiththesnake.Shewasfacedwiththedualfearsofsnakesandhavingherbabyboyeatenbyasnake.MydadownedaJohnDeeredealershipjusttwoblocksaway,soshemadeapanickedcalltohisshop,screamingsomethingaboutsnakesandbabies.Dadsenthisheadmechanicdowntoourhousetokillthesnake,calmthemother,andsavethebaby.Frankly,Imgladhedid. Suchthingsarethefodderforgoodstorytelling.Theyreinteresting,theyrefuntotell,andtheyretrue. Accordingtotherulesofmoststateorganizations,storiesmaycomefromthestudentslife,talestoldbytheirfamily,ortalesfromourownfolklore.Andofcoursethematerialisnotlimitedtothesethreeareas.Thestoriesmayquiteliterallycomefromanywhere.Ipersonallypreferstoriesfromachildsfamilysinceitwilllikelybeanewtaletome,butifyourstudentchoosesinsteadtotellthestoryofPaulBunyon,CaseyJones,theLittleMermaid,orJohnnyAppleseed,thatisequallyacceptable.</p></li><li><p>Storytelling</p><p> 2</p><p> SoWhatsthedifferencebetweenperformingamonologueandtellingastory?Itsmainlyamatterofdelivery: Amonologueismemorized;astoryisparaphrased.Itmaychangeabitfromtellingtotelling. Amonologuehasafewhardandfastrules;storytellingismorepliable. Inamonologuethespeakeroftenspeaksasifheorsheisplayinganothercharacter;astorytellermostoftenplayshimself. Monologuesareoftenlimitedintheamountdirectdialoguethatmaybeused;instorytellingtherearenosuchlimits. Amonologueisbasicallyanactingevent;astorytellerhasaconversationwiththeaudience. TherulesinIllinoisandseveralotherstatessaythattheeventofstorytellingmayincludeaudienceparticipation.AtleastinIllinois,thisisnotarequirement.Afterall,somestoriessimplytonotlendthemselvestoaudienceresponse.Theoldshamansittingaroundthecampfireorthevillagechiefusedaudiencerepetitionasateachingdevice,butyourstudentneednotincludeaudienceparticipationunlessitseemsappropriate.Infact,Ivejudgedstorytellerswhoaskedtheaudiencetorespondwithcertainsoundsorphrasesandithasseemedveryforcedandawkward.Letyourcommonsenseguideyouonthis. Asateacher/speechcoach,itsyourfirstjobtoexplorethestorypossibilitieswithyourstudents.Encouragethemtoplumbtheirmemoriesthefunnythings,theexcitingevents,thedangerousdays(thatcameoutwell),thefamilyvacations,theembarrassments,andmostimportantly,thosestoriesthattheirparentsorgrandparentshavetoldthemovertheyears.ClaywasthefirstyoungmanIeverworkedwithinstorytelling.Hewantedverymuchtotrythisneweventbutcouldntcomeupwithastorythatexcitedhim.Onenighthesharedhisdilemmawithhismotheratthesuppertable.Claycametomethenextdayandsaid,Man,shejusttookoffandtalkedallnight!WhenClaybegantopreparehisstory,hehadawholepocketfulfromwhichtochoose.Thefamilyisagoldmineforstorytellers.Onceyouryoungspeakerhaschosenhisorhermaterial,thenyoucanhelpthemfluffitup,adddetails,comeupwithadefinitebeginning,middleandending. Afewfinalthoughts:Letmeagainstresstheimportanceofthiseventbeingconversationalratherthanovertlymemorized.Thewordsneednotbethesamefrompresentationtopresentation.Whenyourclasscomesbackfromaholidayoralongweekendandyouaskthemiftheydidanythinginteresting,notetheadlibqualitywithwhichthestudentstelltheirstories.Thisiswhatyoureshootingforasastoryteller. DespiteFacebook,despitetextmessaging,despiteanysortofmediumtocarryourstoriesonward,itsthestillthestoryitselfthatsimportant.Storytellingjusthappenstobethemediumyoureusinganddespiteanyadvancesintechnology,itsaformoforalexpressionthatwillliveaslongaswehavebreathtotellourstories. </p></li></ul>