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Designed for educators and other professionals who want to improve communication skills and boost learning, these simple storytelling techniques are as fun as they are effective. Haven's breakthrough approach helps you build on your natural storytelling abilities to refine your communication skills in the classroom, library, and even at home. This book has everything you need to get started, including detailed directions and guides for more than 40 powerful storytelling exercises to use with your class. You'll find the Golden List of what an audience really needs from storytelling, a proven, step-by-step system for successfully learning and remembering a story, the Great-Amazing-Never-Fail Safety Net to prevent storytelling disasters, a comprehensive discussion of the proven value of storytelling in education, and more. The book also shows you how to effectively use storytelling across the curriculum to capture student interest and boost learning. It even provides guidelines for teachi

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563086816
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 1,217,251
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

KENDALL HAVEN is a nationally recognized master storyteller and the author of numerous books, including Marvels of Math, Write Right!, and Close Encounters with Deadly Dangers. A former research scientist, he is based in Fulton, California.\

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Table of Contents

List of Figures ix
Introduction xi
Part I Natural Storytelling: 100% Natural You--With No Artificial Additives 1
The Right Question Gathers the Right Answer 1
Your Natural Style 3
The Golden List: The Audience Speaks 9
The Lemon List 12
Part II Anatomy of A Story: The Power Behind the Words 15
What Is a Story? 15
Fiction Is Folks 18
The Core of a Character 21
Layers of the Onion 29
Evaluating a Story 32
Part III Learning and Telling Made Easy: The Step-by-Step Super Simple System 35
To Memorize, or Not to Memorize? That Is the Question 35
What Super Simple Tellers Learn 38
Meet the Orchestra 42
Meet the Conductor 44
The Super Simple System for Learning a Story 46
The Great-Amazing-Never-Fail Safety Net 57
Part IV Telling Tidbits 63
Tips for Telling a Story 63
All Those Who Are Creative, Stand Up 65
Storytelling and Copyright 65
Gestures 67
Props, Costumes, and Other Extras 68
Audience Participation 71
The Sore Throat Blues 72
Part V Storytelling in the Curriculum: Putting the Magic to Work 75
Teaching with Telling 75
Teaching Language Arts Through Stories 76
Stories in Other Curriculum Areas 88
Part VI Teaching Students to Tell 107
The Value of Student Storytelling 107
Teaching Students to Tell the Super Simple Way 108
Evaluating Student Storytellers 116
Part VII Super Simple Storytelling Exercises 119
Exercise 1.1 The Wave Game 119
Exercise 1.2 What'd You Have for Dinner? 121
Exercise 1.3 Your Favorite Story 123
Exercise 1.4 What Makes It Real? 125
Exercise 1.5 What Do You Remember? 127
Exercise 1.6 What Makes It Fun to Listen To? 129
Exercise 2.1 What Is a Story? 131
Exercise 2.2 Is It a Story Yet? 133
Exercise 2.3 The Big Three 137
Exercise 3.1 The Memorization Blues 140
Exercise 3.2 Stand and Watch 142
Exercise 3.3 Describe the Scene 144
Exercise 3.4 Say It How? 146
Exercise 3.5 I Forgot My Homework 149
Exercise 3.6 You Want Me to Go There? 151
Exercise 3.7 Hitch Hiker 153
Exercise 3.8 Mum's the Word 155
Exercise 3.9 Gesture a Word 159
Exercise 3.10 Exaggeration 161
Exercise 3.11 A Better Excuse 163
Exercise 3.12 Role Play 165
Exercise 3.13 Interrupter 167
Exercise 4.1 The Tell-About Game 170
Exercise 4.2 One-on-One-on-One-on-One 172
Exercise 4.3 Where's the Camera? 175
Exercise 4.4 The Scene Game 178
Exercise 4.5 The Character Game 180
Exercise 4.6 Be Your Character 184
Exercise 4.7 The Retell Game 186
Exercise 4.8 Where Images Come From 188
Exercise 4.9 She Entered the Room 190
Exercise 5.1 The 30-Second Story 192
Exercise 5.2 Interrogate the Character 196
Exercise 5.3 Judge the Characters 198
Exercise 5.4 Shadow Voices 200
Exercise 5.5 The History Game 202
Exercise 6.1 Sneak Them In 204
Exercise 6.2 The Circle Story 206
Exercise 6.3 Pass the Picture 208
Exercise 6.4 Ruler of the Island 210
Exercise 6.5 Stage Coach 212
Appendix The Definition of Storytelling 215
Why Define Storytelling? 215
What Is Storytelling? 216
What Isn't Storytelling? 217
Roles and Responsibilities in a Storytelling Event 217
From the Kitchen Table to Carnegie Hall: The Levels of Storytelling 218
What Is a Story? 219
References 221
Magazines 221
Books and Articles About Storytelling 221
Guides to Stories for the Curriculum 222
Index 225
About the Author 229
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