literature

A drunken sailor aboard La Hispaniola

“What will we do with a drunken sailor” performed by The Irish Rovers, an old classic that combines with R.L.Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” storytelling.

Design a funny coreography that goes along with the verses for the children to grab all the meaning and get ready to have lots of fun!

Lyrics (www.metrolyrics.com)

What will we do with a drunken sailor?
What will we do with a drunken sailor?
What will we do with a drunken sailor?
Early in the morning

Way hay and up she rises
Way hay and up she rises
Way hay and up she rises
Early in the morning

Shave his belly with a rusty razor
Shave his belly with a rusty razor
Shave his belly with a rusty razor
Early in the morning

Way hay and up she rises
Way hay and up she rises
Way hay and up she rises
Early in the morning

Put him in the longboat until he’s sober
Put him in the longboat until he’s sober
Put him in the longboat until he’s sober
Early in the morning

Way hay and up she rises
Way hay and up she rises
Way hay and up she rises
Early in the morning

Stick him in the scrubbers with a hosepipe on him
Stick him in the scrubbers with a hosepipe on him
Stick him in the scrubbers with a hosepipe on him
Early in the morning

Way hay and up she rises
Way hay and up she rises
Way hay and up she rises
Early in the morning

Put him in the bed with the captain’s daughter
Put him in the bed with the captain’s daughter
Put him in the bed with the captain’s daughter
Early in the morning

Way hay and up she rises
Way hay and up she rises
Way hay and up she rises
Early in the morning

That’s what we do with a drunken sailor
That’s what we do with a drunken sailor
That’s what we do with a drunken sailor
Early in the morning

Way hay and up she rises
Way hay and up she rises
Way hay and up she rises
Early in the morning

Way hay and up she rises
Way hay and up she rises
Way hay and up she rises
Early in the morning

 

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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…)

Big Joe and Phantom 309

English Club – Session II, November 8 at Vitoria-Gasteiz.

I want to share this amazing tale with all you storytime lovers, especially those under-age… simply because I love to see their eyes catching fire with the unexpected.

Welcome you all!

I hope you brought some tissues with you…

 

“Big Joe And Phantom 309”

Written by Tommy Faile 1967,

Performed by Tom Waits

Well now, it’s story time again. I’m gonna tell you a story ’bout a truck driver. This story was written by a guy named Red Sovine, and it’s called the Ballad of Big Joe and Phantom 309.”

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Reading encouragement for youths

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Since my good friend Lola mentioned it, I started going through the picture publications at WeHeartIt, now and then. A soothing activity that tells you a lot about how global society lives nowadays. I found it to be somewhat like Pinterest, but with even less words, just images.

I have to recognize that, depending on the day, I may relax visiting We Heart It by feeling I’m not doing exactly anything or, on the contrary, I may get overstressed by the sight of an infinite parade of slim youngsters in their underwear, tossed with witty phrases.

Among these, I saw that there exist several publications of this kind linked to literature. Most of them aren’t related to classics, but to popular up-to-date bestsellers. And that’s where my light bulb started working. Using catchy images and phrases linked to the art of reading and the joy it brings may help creating a new feeling of belonging, something lost for many youths these days (or at least that’s my feeling in Spain).

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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.

Christmas Carol pop-up edition

December 19, five days to go for your chimney to get swept. If you are a busy parent or/and  a busy teacher you are probably wondering what else could you add to these holidays to be unique.

Give the Christmas Carol Pop-Up edition a try, popped up by Chuck Fisher and respectful of the original version written by Dickens. It also includes a special section with biographic notes.

The only condition to bear in mind is that the storyteller must be well aware of the story’s up and downs before retelling it, because the text, being too extensive, doesn’t provide us with any prompts to draw from.

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“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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