Speaking, Listening and Writing Activities:-
Children love to re-tell stories to their parents, siblings, and friends. They enjoy listening to folk tales and other fiction during their play time or in class. From this perspective, I have compiled this learning unit as a tool for both teachers and students to go a little more in-depth into the elements of the tradition of passing down stories by word of mouth: how voice, presentation, facial expression, gestures, body language, voice for the different characters and the right choice of words would make one a great story teller.
Sometimes a child needs visual aid to see the scenes in the story and this packet will enable the child to think through the sequence and scenes before writing out the story in his or her words with details. This can be used as a pattern for writing other stories, descriptive or narrative during their lessons.
So, there are two uses for this packet: writing and speaking.
Objectives: 1. To work on oratorical skills and presentation,
2. To know the skills to work on for storytelling and
narrating which will ultimately enhance narrative
3. To write a narrative composition and a script for a
Benefits: 1. This kind of activity will build confidence in children for public speaking.
2. To create a fun environment for your classroom community,
3. Strengthens imagination and creativity,
4. To show how a child writes more creatively when he or she has acted out the scenes using her dialogue and creating the settings, first by using props and pictures and then in writing ( a much easier transition).
Sample of an opening for a narrative:
"Cockle- a-doodle- do!" crowed the rooster. The sun rose up and brightened the morning sky. "Time to get up!" said Mama pig as she called out to her three little pigs. "You have a day of work and chores to do." Yawning and rubbing those sleepy eyes, the three little pigs got up from their beds. They came running down the stairs and sat down quickly for a bowl of oatmeal before rushing off for a day of farming and feeding......."
In this packet, you will find the elements of good storytelling, the presentation skills and the composition skills required to make the stories come alive and exciting for your audience.
There are two samples of writing, a narrative composition, and a play script. They are both written with a head start on the story but left unfinished for the student to complete (optional).
This packet will enhance the child's skills individually and as a class. There are pages of images of the Three Little Pigs which can be cut out, colored and laminated if desired. There is a sample of how a setting could look like. The child can use the images to do story sequencing as he or she is telling the story verbally. Another way to use this tool is to go through all the information on the skills of storytelling and then ask the child to write a narrative composition using dialogue and then turn it into a theater script. It can be individual work or a group project.
Also, a fun way to use the images is to do a puppet show gluing the pictures on big popsicle sticks. The children could also do role play, having the characters talk to each other.
There are also two pages of rubrics for measuring the child's presentation skills and story structure. Have fun!
Please look for the other Three Little Pigs Units! The Onomatopoeia unit might come in handy for language expressions. You can use all these units as a theme for a week of literacy center.
Credits: Whimsy Workshop Teaching
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