Listen to the tune, performed by Raffi!
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.”
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.
I’m preparing our next storytelling session, based on Peter Pan.
We are not doing any follow up activities after the storytelling, this time, so I was wondering what song to choose to round up the gathering.
On the one hand, it has to be a song linked to the thematic of the story – that’s easy, I thought; Peter Pan has got all the ingredients that children love: Indians, mermaids, fairies, fantasy, mystery, fights, even some romance… so I said to myself, it should be easy to find such a song…
But, in this case, the answer is not so obvious. The partakers are 25 children of between six and eight years old. Their mother tongue is either Spanish or Basque. By now, they have generally had an introductory encounter with the language, maybe as much as two school years, but they don’t master the language yet… in fact they are far from that.
Therefore, I have two possible pirate songs, but I am well aware that they are not going to grasp the lyrics just by listening once.
This was our first organizational principle and gave great results with children of between six and eight years old.
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!
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.
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!
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