storymaking

Alice in our Land – Contemporary tales

If there ever was a quintessential time-space traveller in English literature that was Alice. Her features give us the best excuse for presenting today’s reality from a foreigner point of view… and that’s just what we did: send her to the Children Section of our library in 2015!

Enjoy the script of our last Storymaking session, Contemporary Tales, at Ignacio Aldecoa Kultur Etxea, Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Comments will be most welcome!

(Image: Ignacio Aldecoa Kultur Etxea)

(Image: Ignacio Aldecoa Kultur Etxea)

ALICE IN OUR LAND

(Click here to download the PDF file: Alice in our Land – Luciana Serra )

Alice is sleeping on the floor. She wakes up, rubs her eyes.

ALICE: Ohhhh [yawning] I must have slept for ages! I had this very weird dream… of falling through a rabbit hole! And there was a white rabbit with a pocket watch, too. And a crazy cat… I’m sooo tired… I feel as if I had been running all night! But… wait a minute… [She looks around] What is this place? Where am I? What a whole lot of books!!! [She looks up to the ceiling lamps] This is strange indeed… I must be dreaming again! [A phone rings right next to her. A librarian picks it up] Wooowwww!!! What’s that sound?

LIBRARIAN: Love? Yeah… listen, I can’t talk now, I’m at work. Yeah, OK. [She hangs the phone]

ALICE: [To the public] …Was she talking to that thing? [Now, to the Librarian] Hello!

LIBRARIAN: Good morning, darling!

ALICE: Can you make it play again?

LIBRARIAN: Ohhh… what do you mean?

ALICE: The little box, can you make it play again?

LIBRARIAN: This? The phone?

ALICE: What happens if I talk to it? [She now speaks to the wrong side of the phone] Heee-lloooo! [looks puzzled] “Dear, dear! How queer everything is today! I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night…”

LIBRARIAN: [Looking at her suspiciously] How old are you? [The phone rings again] It’s my son, you can speak to him, if you want. [She picks up the phone and passes it on to Alice]

ALICE: Hello? [the Librarian helps her setting the phone in the right position] This is Alice, what’s your name?… Hello, Hegoi… and… how did you get in there?… there, inside this little box? Did you drink from the “Drink Me” bottle, too?… Your mum? She’s here, hold on… [passes the phone to the Librarian] (more…)

Hansel and Gretel – Medieval Tales

We chose the child-astonishing classic “Hansel & Gretel” as our medieval representative in the chronological Storymaking-sessions for this year.

A background image -hand-made by Leire Perez Azkona– served as graphic support for the storytelling with finger puppets.

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“Hansel & Gretel” with finger-puppets.

We adapted our script from the following video found at YouTube. When I was transcribing it, though, I felt free to change the most socially painful parts: it wasn’t one of our goals to make children feel anxious or afraid, not by the distant threat of a forest-witch but by the more feasible situation of being part of an unloving family. (more…)

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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