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How to Be an Excellent Storyteller

Story Telling can be one of the greatest and powerful tools used when teaching young ones to love books.
* Some stories can be real from a book or something that has happened
* Some stories can be make-believe something you can make up to try to
get a certain lesson across

A. Read the story and know it.
- Know it well enough to tell it in your own words.

B. Your story should focus on ONE MAIN IDEA.
- What is the truth or moral I'm trying to communicate in my story?

C. You can make up stories.
1. You need a main character or hero (cowboy, astronaut, etc.).
* What is the character like?
* What is the character's name?
* Is the character strong? smart? brave?

2. Use the character weekly for 3 months.
* But change adventures weekly.

3. Reinvent the character for the next 3 months.
* Rotate stories every 2 to 3 cycles.

D. Do not give away the whole story in the title or the beginning.
- Create suspense

E. Use voices to create the mood.
- Sadness, anger, suspense, happiness, etc.

F. Let characters talk.
- Act out the part.

G. Story must have a PACE.
- Speed up or slow down your voice.

H. Use sound effects and objects.

I. Ask questions while telling the story.
- This grabs the attention of the children.

J. Make an application (truth in the lesson).
1. Build the story to a CLIMAX.

2. Bring the story to a CONCLUSION.

3. ASK QUESTIONS at the end of every story.

Learn to use the tool of story telling effectively to communicate and inspire young children to love to read and listen to stories.

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