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Guardian of the Fire – Prehistoric Tales

We are immensely glad to announce that 2015 will bring about the latest version of Storymaking Sessions by Tell-Tale What? This time, time itself will be the axis of symmetry. Prehistory, Medieval times and Present-day tales will be the topic of the three sessions arranged for January, February and April, respectively, at Ignacio Aldecoa Culture Centre, in Vitoria-Gasteiz. The following short story has been created with this purpose, serving as brainstorming for children of about 7-10 years old during the Prehistoric Session. Hope you enjoy it!

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We used a “cave painting” as the graphic support for the story. (Image: Ignacio Aldekoa Kultur Etxea)

 

 

GUARDIAN OF THE FIRE

(Click here to download the PDF file: Guardian of the Fire)

Long, long ago, when the streets were rivers and today’s hills were still under the sea, the moon and the sun were ever so bright and the stars were the ancient peoples’ only guide in the night.

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We learnt how to survive. We tamed the fire, it became our dearest pet. We worshipped its power: the power to light the darkness, the power to melt the ice, the power to destroy. It was a question of measure; we pictured relativity. In every clan a Guardian of the Fire was appointed. In our clan it was generally a young hunter, helped out by his whole direct family, especially the women, who would look after the fire when the hunter left in a mission with the rest of the men in the clan. Much before I became a hunter myself, my brother Nack was appointed Guardian of the Fire. It was a honour to us all. It affected all our family directly since our place at the cave changed from quite-at-the-entrance to right-next-to-the-fire. And, believe me, this was an outstanding promotion. (more…)

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.

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!

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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