storymaking

Tiger roars creativity

Everybody I know in Vitoria is going crazy for Tiger. Be it because they have children at home, or simply because they have a home at all. Tiger is for most people “the new store opposite the post-office”, but for teachers and creative minds, it is a parallel universe.

Take this DIY memory game. I had promised my 7 year-old groups at school that if they made the effort to speak English in class I’d show up with a surprise.

So I went to Tiger and spent a whole hour choosing the best idea. But there are hundreds of them! It was really difficult not to buy them all!
There are these paper dolls with assorted cloth items, there are design plasticine sets, original activity books, there are these rubber stamps with house and furniture pictures… and loads of nourishing ideas!

I decided on the memory game, as a team work. I’d give each child four square pieces for them to draw two pairs of objects. It was useful to review vocabulary and spelling, and most of all, to make them believe that, all together, they were able to create a bigger whole than the mere sum of the parts.

Now, this small box containing 44 blank pieces could be used in many ways. I imagine that someone with more patience than myself could create an amazing mandala mosaic.

Moreover, each storyteller could draw or even stick suggestive pictures and combine the pieces to form numberless stories, much in the fashion of Gianni Rodari in his Grammar of Fantasy.

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Adjectives to describe characters

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An easy way to get youngsters to use the load of adjectives we teach them at school is to make them think about (or link them to) something they enjoy.

During the first sessions of the Reading Workshop we will go through several adjectives describing personality and appearance to find out what type of characters move them.

We will also look into the distinction between flat and round characters as presented by E.M Forster in his book Aspects of the Novel (1927), and use it to classify the characters we find along the workshop.

2014 Jar of Good Things

2014 Jar of Good Things

2014 Jar of Good Things

I found this idea at Pinterest and thought it was a great DIY gift for every year to come!

I have already virtually given it to all of my friends, but if you have the chance, make sure you take one to your beloved ones!

The Jar of Good Things is easily adaptable for the classroom, it could be used as a class diary or as a lay present for all families.

Write, draw, make pictures, include all that moves you during this year and make it a tradition for your children.

And most of all… ENJOY!

Massive Open Online Storytelling Course

Today is our last chance for enrolling in this unprecedented MOOC called The future of Storytelling.

After you’ve watched the introductory video you’ll realize that it is an outstanding opportunity of getting in touch with and learning from professionals in the field of Storytelling and the different branches that have developed from it.

It truly is for free, this and all the other MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) offered by IVERSITY, a great undertaking that exemplifies what is still to come along the Information Age.

Tell me the duck story

Grapes signA good idea of organizing a Storymaking-Sessions Season is around genres or literary moods.

This was our first organizational principle and gave great results with children of between six and eight years old.

Duck Story at la Florida

Duck Story at la Florida

Each Session was based upon a well distinguishable genre where participants could experiment with characters, setting and diction: we had “Fairy Tales”, “Animal Fables”, “Science Fiction”

One particular session was “Funny Tales”. I have a great memory of it because we all had an awesome time in part thanks to the triggering activity, The Duck Story by Bryant Oden. Although we acted out the song very simply with a plush toy duck, and a different colour cap for each seller, you can probably take advantage of this video version with lyrics.

Don’t forget to visit Bryant Oden’s site, www.songdrops.com, where you can download all his songs for free, provided that you are a teacher and you won’t sell them!

“El Caminante” as a fictional character

He’s been a traditional blusa and a basketball player, he’s been a medieval commoner, he’s been a beauty queen… and most of the time he is naked.

I’m sure that by now all inhabitants of Vitoria-Gasteiz have watched the outstanding and really simple production carried out by Eroski as a marketing strategy: in short, bringing to life the most characteristic sculpture of this city and take it shopping around the Old Quarter.

What I find most interesting is the actual creation of a fictional character out of the bronze original. Think of it, He is not famous for what he has achieved or his story, he is first famous and afterwards he gets a story.

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Storytelling & Storymaking in the Basque Country

Tell-Tale What? offers storytelling sessions built around the classics in English language adapted to a non-native public, especially to young children whose L1 is Spanish and/or Basque.

At the same time, Tell-Tale What?’s proposal is to give participant children the opportunity of integrating their creative capacity to the learning of a second language.

If you are located anywhere outside the Basque Country and wish to know more about our workshops and budget, please contact us, WE LOVE TRAVELING!

Christmas-Carol

Christmas Carol 2012

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