How To Tell A Story

By | March 22, 2017

How To Tell A Story Study Notes and Workbook

Storytelling Is an Art

A resource for ministry to children

My name is Daniel Wooldridge

Born January 1943 in UK

Arrived in Australia 1961

Born again 1963

Preach & teacher – pastor & church planter

Ministry to children & storyteller

My heart felt thanks

To all those who have provided me with inspiration and resources concerning “storytelling to children” (including the late Henry Gallus & Clifford Warn both of whom are now with the Lord Jesus)

The bible references for this workshop.

All the bible references are from the King James Bible

Storytellers use the Active Voice.

Do you know the difference between the Active Voice and the Passive Voice? Tick YES/NO

Storytelling is a Performance Art.

An art is a skill that has to be understood and as such can be taught.

Art is something that is practiced & will improve with Practice, Repetition & Rehearsal.

“Praise the Lord with skill and understanding” or “Praise the Lord with all our ART”

Tell our stories well with all our skill and understanding or with all our art.

Do you want to be a good storyteller? Tick YES/NO

Do you want to learn how to do this? Tick YES/NO

Are you ready for this? Tick YES/NO

We want to help children grow

in faith, not just in knowledge

Storytelling helps move children to the place where they can experience our Lord Jesus Christ for themselves

We work with children’s imagination

In other words we feed their imagination and not their intellect or understanding so that they start to hope for what they eyes cannot see

We have to trust the power of storytelling

Storytelling will do the job

Jesus always told stories using metaphors and images that appealed to the curiosity and the imagination

Jesus did not preach sermons

Most of the time Jesus did not explain his stories

The stories we tell will always be different

All our stories can be planned to be effective BUT they must also be spontaneous

Every group of children that we tell stories to is different

Our stories’ point or theme may be the same but the way in which we tell the story will always be slightly different

What is essential?

It is essential that stories are “Interesting”

It is not enough that the story is interesting to the storyteller himself/herself

It must be interesting to the hearers / those who listen.

If a story is not interesting then a story is “boring”.

Circle these words "Interesting" & "boring"

Interesting NOT Boring

If the story is boring then the storyteller loses the attention of the listeners.

If you lose the listeners then an orderly group will be virtually impossible & some type of corrective force will be needed to help you keep order.

Do you want to be?

INTERESTING Tick [ ]

OR

BORING Tick [ ]

A Great Storyteller

It always looks “inspired” when the same group of children is very well behaved with one storyteller BUT almost unmanageable with another storyteller telling the same story.

Have you ever listened to any great storytellers? Tick YES/NO

Are you worried or concerned about controlling a group of children while you tell them a story? Tick YES/NO

The underling fact is:

The storyteller, who is interesting, will have the control of the children.

It is as simple as this.

If you are interesting, then you will keep order almost without effort.

Do you want to be interesting? Tick YES/NO

Do you find it hard to control a group of children when you are telling them a story? Tick YES/NO

If you answered YES to this THEN you may find this next section helpful.

How to be interesting

Interesting starts in the mind

Firstly the mind of the storyteller must be interesting.

Yes interesting starts in the mind of the storyteller not the listener.

Do you think that you are an interesting person? Tick YES/NO

Develop an interesting mind.

The scripture says:

[KJV] PRO 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

One of the best ways to have friends is to be interesting.

If you want friends then you have to be “interesting”.

Have you got plenty of friends? Tick YES/NO

Underline the word interesting!

People crave interesting.

Do you know that you can develop an interesting mind?

It seems today that we have lost the art of being interesting.

Many of us feel we are boring.

Will you make up your mind that, by the grace of God, you are going to become interesting? Tick YES/NO

We are interesting!

We are unique

There is no one like us in the whole wide world of time & space

One way to be interesting is to know about all the bible stories

You can’t beat the background reading & devouring the bible stories even if you don’t understand all the different meanings

Do you read your Bible regularly? Tick YES/NO

Circle the word "unique"

You see your brain

is a self-organising system.

You load it up with info – in this case bible stories – it automatically starts hunting for patterns, similarities & contrasts.

This is a God-given gift that we all have.

Will you load your mind up with the Bible stories? Tick YES/NO

Your mind will sort the stories out

into a very interesting kaleidoscope of patterns & associations

When you add to this mix a fired up spirit full & overflowing with the glory & joy of the Lord God.

You have a wonderful mix

Who knows what this wonderful & interesting mix floating in your mind, giving inspiration & a constant flow of ideas & thoughts, will produce?

You don’t have to understand how your mind works in order to enjoy the results

Underline patterns & associations

You then translate these thoughts into words

Into a format that is understood by the listeners & will allow them to see what their eyes cannot see

Yes, you can do this! You can become intelligent and interesting

Circle – intelligent – interesting

Words Allow the Mind

To See What the Eyes Cannot See

Intelligence is the ability to make finer distinctions.

You, the storyteller, take the bible stories & re-tell them so that the listeners an see them in their mind

This why you should read them to yourself again & again to enlarge your vocabulary to get word power.

Do you read the bible stories over & over? Tick YES/NO

Bible stories will build intelligence through the increase of finer distinctions in the minds of the hearers of your bible stories.

Do you believe this? Tick YES/NO

Imagination

When you stir up the imagination you fire the emotions which produces empathy which produces interest

All children have imagination

Do you want your bible stories to excite & ignite the imaginations of the children who listen to you? Tick YES/NO

A Note about Children and Order

Human beings are really like "pack animals".

Children live in packs or groups.

Nations/tribes/families/groups/teams

That is why they follow leaders.

The Bible describes the church in terms of people who follow leaders who follow THE leader.

Children follow leaders.

Have you noticed how children will often follow a leader? Tick YES/NO

The teacher should be the natural leader.

Today teachers do not have the control of the classroom in the same way that they used to have.

Most classrooms in, my country, normally allow children to talk to each other during class and there is nearly always music playing in the background.

Go into a child’s home and often meals are enjoyed, not on the kitchen or the dining-room table, but in front of the television set. Meals are not set but each family member eats when they are able to

Have you ever sat in on a School lesson? Tick YES/NO

Do you see the point of this? Tick YES/NO

You can’t instil an order on a group of children in one hour a week when they don’t have that order at School or home.

In a Sunday School type program

We have a child for maybe one hour each week.

In this hour, we have certain goals.

What is our primary goal?

Is your goal to teach children how to sit still?

Is your goal to teach children ethical behaviour?

Is your goal to teach children principles of obedience?

OR is your goal to teach children about the person and the work of Jesus Christ?

Have you ever thought about this? Tick YES/NO

What do you need to teach?

Obedience OR faith

Faith comes first. Faith should come before obedience.

[KJV] Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Do you understand this difference? Tick YES/NO

I think our aim is to teach children about Jesus.

We know that faith comes through hearing the word of God.

But we also know that children don’t listen and certainly don’t hear when you just read Bible verses out aloud with no skill or understanding.

Underline SKILL & UNDERSTANDING

Getting the attention of children

is big business today

When it comes to children’s TV shows

An enormous number of colour filled images flash across the screen.

More colour, more contrast, more images per second, more contrasting sound.

Children are consumers and they need to stay on the channel to see the ads

children influence adults on the things to buy

Compliance & Order

So the first matter I would like to consider is the subject of "Compliance".

You will need methods of compliance to bring a sort of order to your time with the children so that all the children can absorb this precious knowledge of who Jesus is.

We have Limited Time

Because of the time constraints, the methods we use to get compliance are "quick and dirty".

So how do you get this co-operation? How to we get this compliance?

I say this because we don’t need to teach a moral lesson about order, etc. but simply create a temporary atmosphere so that the children have space and time to learn.

Do you see that we only have a limited time? Tick YES/NO

Mosaic Principles of Learning

It is great to know about the "Mosaic Principles of Learning".

Mosaic in that each child has an optimum way in which they learn.

Some children love to hear, some to act out, some using craft and so on.

Each child uses a different mix of intelligences to take in information

MAX7 & OASIS are great examples of Mosaic Learning.

This wonderful method STILL needs the attention of a group of children in order to be effective.

Efficient & Effective Compliance

Controlling a group of children is getting harder & harder.

The idea of a controlled environment where the teacher is the leader has always been challenged by children of every age.

Compliance is not necessarily brought about by creating an environment of law and order.

To have justice in a law and order system requires time and even an understanding of the special conditions of each child so that a fair mitigation can be arrived at.

Frankly, in a Sunday School class we just have not got the time to do this.

Do you understand this? Tick YES/NO

How then do we achieve this compliance?

The compliance of the group so that each individual in the group can learn through the different Mosaic approach that suits them.

First remember children are pack animals.

If you control a leader of the pack you will control the environment of the class.

So the first job is to discern just who the real leader of a particular group of children actually is.

Good or Bad Influence

NOW don’t worry about the type of influence the leader has

it could be a GOOD or BAD influence!

This does not matter. It’s the one with the influence that we are looking for.

You are not picking or endorsing a leader for the group.

You are going to use the leader that is already there.

Do you understand this? Tick YES/NO

Leaders come into 2 general types.

There are the ones who are out front and.

There are the ones to always have a "front man."

The front man is the one who always gets caught but the real ringleader stays hidden.

Find the leader.

Arrive early and watch the children playing

As you look at the children playing you will be able to notice the real leaders.

A very strong leader will influence both boys and girls, and a not so strong leader will influence children of their own gender.

Of course there are exceptions to any rule that this is a good general approach.

The time with the children

We know that the program is split up into many fast moving segments.

This will mean that often the natural leaders of the children don’t get the opportunity to exercise their influence.

But make no mistake about it their influence is there.

Storytelling Time

Activities settle and all movement slows down as they get ready for the story.

This is a time when a leader’s influence will start to surface.

You are going to have to manage this environment. How?

Skill OR Force? Go with skill. Skill is better.

SKILL OR FORCE Underline the one that you would like use.

Spot the leader

As soon as you spot the child with the influence you need to act.

Now remember we are simply maintaining order so that the maximum benefit of the class and the time with the children will be passed on to all the children there.

You going to tell a story

The main point of your story and your story are united together and you need every word of the story to highlight that point

So a story is about something that happens it is not about an abstract consideration

In order to understand the abstract consideration you have to listen to the whole story first

You can’t separate the theme from the story because the story is the theme

The story has a main character

The leader should become the “main character” of your story & so you can grab the leader’s interest & attention.

If you have the leader’s attention then you have the attention of the rest

Circle ATTENTION

Learning Storytelling

It is like the scripture:

[KJV] [John 12:49] For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

What does this mean?

WHAT I should SAY -IS – THE CONTENT

WHAT I should SPEAK – IS – The Method

What is the Main point of the Story & HOW I should say (tell) the content

Are you enjoying for this workshop? Tick YES/NO

Ask the Lord Jesus

When you ask the Lord Jesus for help with your storytelling, He will show you “what” story to tell & “how” to tell that story.

Many times we ask the Lord Jesus what the story should be about but we don’t ask him how we should tell it.

Have you ever asked the Lord Jesus HOW to tell a story? Tick YES/NO

There 2 approaches

1 pick the main point & find a story to demonstrate this

2 pick a story & then find the main point that the story demonstrates

But be careful, because when you tell the story the main point and the story itself are interwoven together as one

Jesus was the best storyteller

Jesus knew that you can’t just explain analyse summarise or outline a truth

Jesus knew that the way to tell the truth was to wrap it up in a good story

Jesus spent more time storytelling and less time explaining

The power of storytelling is huge

The Holy Spirit helps us & opens the hearts & minds of the listeners.

Will you study the story is that Jesus told? Tick YES/NO

Jesus was a storyteller

In fact the Bible says that He only spoke to the crowds with stories

Some of the stories were literally true and some were not.

Jesus used stories to illustrate (paint a picture in the listeners’ mind) and so move the conscience of the listeners.

Can you spot the true ones – that is those that were literal events? Tick YES/NO

Wether a child or an adult, it is the work of the Holy Spirit to fire up the conscience. Do you understand this? Tick YES/NO

The story is the greatest medium

We can use to teach children Bible truths

We need to get our children and tell them the Bible stories

Remember, we want to enliven their conscience not increase their knowledge

Do you want to tell children Bible stories? Tick YES/NO

We want them to

Understand the story (not understand the moral point of the story BUT understand the flow of the story)

Believe the story (not believe that the story just happened BUT believe that the outcome of the story actually worked)

Remember the story (so that it can be relived and retold)

These 3 will form the foundation of love, hope and faith that comes from having the word of God in our hearts and in our minds

Underline these three points

Understand the story

Believe the story

Remember the story

The main aim of a storyteller

Is to get the listeners to feel the story

So that they become emotionally involved in the story.

They become part of the story

One of the drawbacks today

Is that children, in watching television, suffer from senses overload with the result that they become *watchers* or *spectators* rather than PARTICIPANTS in the story

Watchers are not participants Watchers are great for spying but makes for dysfunctional people & we Christians are anything but dysfunctional by-standees of life

Do you understand the difference here? Tick YES/NO

When it comes to stories and listening to them – are you a SPECTATOR or a PARTICIPANT –

Underline the one that applies to you

It’s as if children today

Take on the perspective of the camera looking at, observing, and not really been a part of the story

It seems to me that they have lost the power of participation because nothing is left to the imagination

This is the difference between being a news reporter & being the news

Children today seem more inclined to be a news reporter – spectators rather than participants

See if you can structure your time with the children so that do not just report their news. We want living accounts of what it was like to be in that news story.

Do you understand the point here? Tick YES/NO

What is the challenge for the modern storyteller?

The modern storyteller must move the listeners right into the story so that they are not just spectators or "watchers"

They are living in the story [imagining themselves as the main character]

They start to live in the story and experience the event of the story

When I tell stories

I make the main character very similar to one of the children who are listening (if there is a group leader who influences the rest in a negative way – I pick that one) because I want a complete identification with the character in the story.

I might use skin, hair or eye colour. Something that will allow identifaction with the main character.

You could use size, age, type of clothing or any thing that will cause a recognition between your class leader & the main character

Inside the story plan

We follow the five basic rules

If you learn and practice these five rules you will become a great storyteller.

Is this what you want? Tick YES/NO

Rule Number One (1)

Begin the story strongly – not with a greeting but by launching into the power of the story

Rule Number Two (2)

Use only one theme & one main character (modern TV shows often have more than one theme, but we need only one theme with one main character)

Rule Number Three (3)

Use simple language (at the level of understanding of the listeners)

Rule Number Four (4)

Paint a picture in the listeners mind (so that they can join in their imagination)

Rule Number Five (5)

End with a call for action by appealing to the listener’s emotions

Learn these off my heart

Begin the story strongly

Use only one theme

Use simple language

Paint a picture in the listeners mind

End with a call for action by appealing to the listener’s emotions

This story plan is

1 Begin Strongly

2 One Theme

3 Simple Language

4 Paint a Picture

5 Call for action with an appeal to the Emotions

The Story Theme

You have ONE main character in your story involved in ONE main event.

The best stories present a main character that the listener can identify with, who gets into an impossible situation and one way or another as the story unfolds, the situation is resolved

Now that sounds like a bit of a mouthful but really stories are about someone you can identify with overcoming problems.

Will you plan your stories so that they have one main character and one main theme? Tick YES/NO

Because good stories MUST stir

The imagination & good stories MUST be felt.

So you have one main person (animal or anything — I now a great story about 3 special trees) and you present difficulties and tension that have to be overcome.

Do you want to tell stories that I felt? Tick YES/NO

You have to package this

& put it together in a way that is interesting.

Telling the story is not the same as writing or reading the story.

Underline the words "writing" and "telling"

You will learn

To use your body language

To use your voice Tone Volume Pitch Speed

To invoke “moods” & ignite the imagination

Can you see that this will help children become participants in your stories? Tick YES/NO

Look at the parable

Of the Good Samaritan

Or I should say the story of a Samaritan traveller who did good and noble things when he stopped to help a fellow traveller who had been attacked, robbed & left for dead by the side of the road.

If you understand how this story is put together you will be able to copy this format. Are you ready? Tick YES/NO

Notice that the reason

That Jesus told this story was to explain just who our “neighbour” really is

but notice that he did not give this story a title nor did he explain the meaning of the story before he told it

Jesus is asked a loaded question and he answers this question by telling this story

The story is not just about an unknown traveller & what happens to him.

It is about WHO helps him.

[KJV] Luke 10:29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

Jesus told this story

It is about an ambushed traveller & about who does & who does not help him.

And so this story demonstrates who a “neighbour” really is to someone who really was looking for excuses

So let’s look at How the master storyteller told this story

You can find this story in Luke chapter 10

What is the point of this story? Underline the words "Samaritan traveller" OR "neighbour" to indicate that you know what is the main purpose of this story

notice how the theme of this story is interwoven completely into the story and Jesus makes no attempt to separate the theme from the story

We are going to break down the format of the story so that we can reproduce it. Are you ready for this? Tick YES/NO

NOTE the Simple Action Words

Good Stories draw pictures in the mind

Stories are used to illustrate abstracts

Stories should not contain abstract concepts as such.

Stories are about NOUNS & VERBS.

Underline NOUNS & VERBS

Look at the structure of this story:

Luke 10:30-37

It’s only 8 verses long

Jesus starts this story strongly by setting up a dramatic opening scene:

Count the words here – not many, are there?

1. Setting up the scene

In 28 words

[KJV] Luke 10:30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 28 words

We have met

The main person of the story

We know what he was doing

Which road he was on

Where he was going

We know what happened to him

We have six actions (verbs)

Going down a road,

Falling into the hands of robbers,

Being stripped,

Being beaten,

The robbers went away,

The robbers left him.

Think about how you format your story

There is no passive voice used. Do you know what this means? Tick YES/NO

NO – well use only noun to action sentences

Example – The bat hit the ball hard NOT The ball was hit hard by the bat.

We have

one description

(An adjective) of Him being half dead,

We have his problem – He is wounded & facing death because he cannot help himself

There are unanswered questions

How is he going to escape from his latest predicament? Will he die? Will someone come by & help him?

Can you feel the tension as you tell the story? Tick YES/NO

We are left in suspense.

Anticipation is built

Tension is increased

That’s not bad for 28 words.

Not a single adverb insight.

How is he going to escape from his latest predicament?

Will he die or live?

We are left in suspense.

2. Now follow two quick scenes

To reinforce the man’s predicament &

To emotionally involve the hearers

Surprise is the element

The events are not what the listeners were conditioned to expect.

Note that the two who passed by were the most likely people in the whole community who would feel constrained to stop and help their fellow man.

The listeners would expect these two travellers to help a wounded man

The Priest passes by

(23 words)

[KJV] [Luke 10:31] And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 23 words

The Levite passes by

22 words

[KJV] [Luke 10:32] And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 22 words

The listeners would have

Already tried to predict the outcome before the story unfolded

They would have already had perceptions about the ones who pass by the injured man.

Do you try to work out the results as you hear stories & predict the outcome? Tick YES/NO

The tension is deliberately increased

& the feelings of the hearers are stirred in judgment, criticism & a sort of “Yeah that would be right – church people – hypocrites”

OR “what’s our faith coming to these days?”

Then person least likely to assist

Turns up,

Has pity on him and

Takes ACTION

(Verbs not adjectives)

Practice this using the tone, loudness & pitch of your voice to tell the story

Can you do this? Tick YES/NO

3. The climax

88 words

[KJV] [Luke 10:33] But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 21 words

[KJV] [Luke 10:34] And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 31 words

[KJV] [Luke 10:35] And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 39 words

The hero of this story

Went to him

Bandaged him

Poured on medicines

Put the wounded man on the hero’s own donkey

Carried him to an inn

Took care of him

Paid the innkeeper to continue the care

Promised to reimburse the innkeeper any extra expenses

This is a “surprise” ending

This ending shocked the hearers & illustrated the point of “who is your neighbour?”

Do you understand the point of this? Tick YES/NO

Jesus used simple plots

Plots that are not boring!

Simple nouns with action verbs

Pictures are painted

Tensions are built

Anticipations are surprised

Results are confirmed

Can you follow this format? Tick YES/NO

Two thousand years later

This story is still interesting

It is still remembered BUT only if the modern storyteller amplifies the 3 Helpers in the way they tell the story.

If you don’t explain

The Priest, the Levite & the half-cast Samaritan who did not know how to worship and was not a Jew

The judgment & surprise will be lost

You will need a short character sketch for each of them

When to explain these characters?

After a strong beginning & before the actual story

“Did you know that in Bible times

The Levites were ………………….,

The Priests were ….……………………… &

The Samaritan were …………………..?”

Think about how you will do this.

The judgment & surprise

would be lost if you just used the terms – Samaritan – Levite – Priest without involving interesting backgrounds about them.

I don’t know about you but here in Australia most children share multiple parent links & no one feels isolated by not having a father or mother not living in their own household

Ethnic backgrounds

This means that today in Australia there would be no understanding of what it was like to be a Samaritan in Bible times

You don’t really want to have to go into explaining discrimination in today’s terms of colour and ethnic backgrounds

You do need to explain the ethnic background that existed at the time of this story so that there will be an expectation as to the behaviour of the Priest, the Levite and the Samaritan

Priest

A minister in the Jewish Religion who was born into the right family & given as a child to grow up in the job

Levite

A Jewish temple servant who was born in the right family and grew up in the job from a child

Samaritan

A half-cast born of mixed race parents Jewish / Gentile.

The Jews were forbidden to marry anyone who was not a Jew born of one of the 12 tribes of Israel.

No one loved or liked the Samaritans.

They were mistrusted and considered evil.

Surprisingly, in this story, the innkeeper trusts the Samaritan to come back and pay any debt that might have been booked up.

Storytellers use:

Anecdotes – a short narrative of an incident of private life

Parables – a comparison or similitude; a fable or story told to illustrate some doctrine or moral point;

Do you know that

Jesus never used the following words in his stories or talks or sermons or parables:

Salvation

Grace

Redemption

Can you see this? Tick YES/NO

Jesus used the

Rabbinical method of telling a parable or a story or an example in order to highlight a point

The truth was taught by storytelling – painting pictures & illustrations by mouth

[KJV] Matthew 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

Paul used

Paul wrote in picture-less abstracts (full of adjectives & adverbs) in his letters.

But reading a letter is not the same as telling a story.

Parables & pictures

Carried Jesus’ preaching- like the:

Ten talents

Prodigal son

Jesus told stories all the time

His stories were about everyday life and the way he told them drew people in so that they could identify with the characters and situations in the story.

His stories explained the point in everyday terms

The story is the best way that a teacher can communicate with people.

Do you still want to be a good storyteller? Tick YES/NO

Storytelling is still in use everywhere you look.

Not only on TV shows but also on TV commercials.

Good storytellers know that good stories always have an impact.

What is the storyteller’s Golden Rule

Give your listeners the message you want them to get but tell it the way they want to hear it

This is easy to do

Package the information

What is the best and most preferred package?

The story format! People love stories. People need stories.

Put the story together with the message you want to tell but in the way that they want to hear it.

Even a prophet in the Old Testament gave a hard message from God to a King in a story package

Do you know this story? Tick YES/NO

Look Up ~Nathan Rebukes David

[KJV] 2 Samuel 12:1 And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.

Read the whole story & practice telling this story

Children & TV

You know that our children spend over one-day a week watching stories on TV.

They grow up with stories

By the time you get to 65 you spent about nine years of your life watching stories.

People enjoy stories. They like stories and, if you want to communicate, you need to learn how to tell a good story

You must realise

There are many wonderful stories that you can tell.

This is very exciting

You can help people by telling stories to them and they can learn some of the greatest lessons in life.

Jesus was the greatest storyteller who has ever been.

Make a list of the stories that you can tell

If your listeners

Can feel, through their imagination and their emotions, the solutions that the main character uses to escape from the trouble that he/she is in then listeners will remember and adapt this information for their own use later.

Remember

Give the people what you want to give them BUT package it in a way the people want.

Package the truth in a story format

Story telling hints

People want to know how to cope with life’s problems

As they listen to a story

They identify with the main character and if the main character faces difficulties and struggle and overcomes them, then they identify with that character

Children Need to Experience

The emotion of the “moral” & hear stories about the “moral” LONG before you can challenge them to correct & live the “moral”

Don’t labour the moral point! Tell the story so that children feel the problem and the solution and then they will start to enact it in their own lives.

Do you labour the moral point when you tell a story? Tick YES/NO

This is the end of Part 1

Make a list of what you have learned

I have touched on material by many people who have helped me to understand the wonderful effect of telling stories.

Part 2 will help you even more

Did you learn anything? Tick YES/NO

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