Let the Story Speak: On Sharing Stories with Young People


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Meredith Ann Pierce is a fantasy writer and children's librarian. "Let the Story Speak" discusses why Meredith finds sharing stories is so important and details some of her favorite methods for doing so. This presentation was presented on 19 May 2009 for "Conversations in Children's Literatre," a series of talks sponsored by the University of Florida's Center for Children's Literature and Culture and by Goerings Bookstore, located in Gainesville, Florida.

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Let the Story Speak: On Sharing Stories with Young People

  1. 1. On Sharing Stories with Young People
  2. 2. #4 Conversations in Children’s Literature Sponsored by UF Center for Children’s Literature and Culture Goerings Book Store Presented by ACLD Youth Services Department Meredith Ann Pierce
  3. 3. Meredith Ann Pierce Who Am I?
  4. 4. Books by Meredith Ann Pierce The Darkangel Trilogy The Firebringer Trilogy Collection Singletons Anthologies
  5. 5. Why I Love Stories •They’re cool. •They’re fun. •They’re interesting. •They’re informative. •They’re a form of virtual reality. •They’re how we think.
  6. 6. What Is a Story? A story is one person telling another. . . . •What happened •To whom •When and where •What we think about it •Why it happened •How we feel about it
  7. 7. Stories Must Be Shared
  8. 8. My Assumptions About You •You have or work with kids •You love stories •You want share stories with kids
  9. 9. Furtive Storytelling
  10. 10. Distance Writing 8,000,000 miles * * Diagram is not to scale.
  11. 11. Bunraku
  12. 12. Storytelling with a Prop
  13. 13. Ways to Tell a Story Written Word Interactive Multimedia Novels Board Games Short Stories Card Games Chapter Books Software Nonfiction Books Spoken Word Graphic Arts Electronic Games Magazines Storytelling Painting MMORPGs Newspapers Standup Illustration Virtual Worlds Essays Speeches Comic Books Blogs Sermons Dramatic Arts Rhythmic Arts Comic Strips Readalouds Drama Songs Graphic Novels Audiobooks Skits Poetry Manga Reader’s Theater Improv Rap Picturebooks Radio Plays Clowning Musicals Wordless Radio News / Sports Puppetry Opera Story Cards Poetry Cards Fingerplays Dance Tell & Draw Riddles Activity Poems Jumprope Rhymes Animation Movies Activity Songs TV Shows Song Cards TV News / Sports Rounds
  14. 14. Why I Love My Job
  15. 15. Board Books
  16. 16. Cardinal Rule #1 Never share a story you don’t like.
  17. 17. Sandra Boynton
  18. 18. Lapsit Readaloud Method #1
  19. 19. Babysitters Teenagers Old Ladies
  20. 20. Storyteller a.k.a. Librarian ~ Storyteller a.k.a. Babysitter
  21. 21. Storytime Readaloud Method #2
  22. 22. Storytime Readaloud Method #2 •Kids on floor. •You on low stool. •Audience directly in front. •Pan slowly, if necessary. •Read slowly—don’t rush. •Memorize the book.
  23. 23. Babytime Template •Opening Song •Book #1 •Non-book Interlude A •Book #2 •Non-book Interlude B •Book #3 •Closing Song
  24. 24. Babytime Template •Opening Song •Book #1 Songs •Non-book Interlude A •Book #2 •Opening •Closing •Non-book Interlude B •Hand motions •Book #3 •Simple •Closing Song •Familiar •Upbeat
  25. 25. Babytime Template •Opening Song •Book #1 Activities •Non-book Interlude A •Book #2 •Fingerplays •Activity Poems •Non-book Interlude B •Activity Songs •Book #3 •Closing Song
  26. 26. Picturebooks
  27. 27. Picturebooks
  28. 28. Picturebooks What Works for Readalouds •Humorous •Mysterious •Fast-paced •Action-packed •Adventurous •Whatever grabs you
  29. 29. Beginning Readers Graded Vocabulary Dr. Seuss Minnie & Moo series --Denys Cazet
  30. 30. Wordless Picturebooks (or Nearly Wordless)
  31. 31. Babytime Template •Opening Song •Book #1 •Non-book Interlude A •Book #2 •Non-book Interlude B •Book #3 •Closing Song
  32. 32. Preschool Template •Opening Song •Book#1 •Non-book Interlude A •Book#2 •Non-book Interlude B •Book #3 •Closing Song
  33. 33. Early Elementary Template •Opening Song •Book#1 •Non-book Interlude A •Book#2 •Non-book Interlude B •Book #3 •Closing Song
  34. 34. Upper Elementary Template •Book#1 •Non-book Interlude A •Book#2 •Non-book Interlude B •Book #3
  35. 35. Middle / High School Template •Book#1 •Non-book Interlude A •Book#2 •Non-book Interlude B •Book #3
  36. 36. Flannelboards
  37. 37. Flannelboards How to Make •Photocopy Illustrations •Interfacing •Thick •White •Non-fusible •Trace with Black Marker •Color with Bright Markers •Cut Out •Store with Text, Instructions
  38. 38. Flannelboards How to Make •Photocopy Illustrations •Interfacing •Thick •White •Non-fusible •Trace with Black Marker •Color with Bright Markers •Cut Out The Old Woman and the Red Pumpkin •Store with Text, Instructions
  39. 39. Rounds •Must be funny. •Divide the room. •Teach the song. •Flipchart, if possible. •Competition. •Appoint a helper. •Loudest wins. •A tie is best.
  40. 40. Rounds “Black Socks” Black socks, they never get dirty. The longer you wear them the stronger they get. Sometimes I think I should wash them, But something inside me keeps saying, “Not yet.”
  41. 41. Storytime Cards •Song Cards •Poetry Cards •Joke / Riddle Cards •Tongue Twister Cards •Ink Pink Cards •Story Cards
  42. 42. Storytime Cards How to Make •Posterboard. Lamination = glare! •Big is better. •Markers or paste. •Words on back. •Do not laminate! No lamination = no glare.
  43. 43. Storytime Cards How to Perform •Lay them in your lap. •Flipping methods. •Flip down. •Flip up and discard. •Flip up and hold. •Practice!
  44. 44. Song Card Tips •Cards in order. •Once through slowly. •Faster and faster. •Belt it out. •Keep the beat. •Not too high. •Confidence. •Laugh. •Keep flipping. •Funny.
  45. 45. Booktalks •Chapter bks, YA novels, bios, NF
  46. 46. Booktalks •Chapter bks, YA novels, bios, NF •Books in bag / on table
  47. 47. Booktalks •Chapter bks, YA novels, bios, NF •Books in bag / on table •Excerpts •Handout
  48. 48. Booktalks •Chapter bks, YA novels, bios, NF •Books in bag / on table •Excerpts •Handout •Question
  49. 49. Booktalks •Chapter bks, YA novels, bios, NF •Books in bag / on table •Excerpts •Handout •Question •Background •Characters •Premise •Partial plot •Never give away the end!
  50. 50. Cardinal Rule #2 Familiarize yourself with your material—present what you know.
  51. 51. Children’s Section Best-Kept Secret •Nonfiction •Picturebooks for Older Readers •Storytelling Material
  52. 52. Children’s Nonfiction •Better illustrated •Meticulously researched •More vivid •More succinct
  53. 53. Children’s Nonfiction Teen Booktalks •Natural disasters •Supernatural •Cannibals •Freak accidents •Explorers •Mummies •Killer animals •Prehistoric •Plagues
  54. 54. Children’s Picturebooks Teen Booktalks&Readalouds •Folktales •Historical •Narrative poetry •Representational illustrations
  55. 55. Storytelling Material •Memorized •Start small •Methods •Word for word •Outline •Make changes •Practice
  56. 56. Why Storytelling? •Ur story •Sure-fire •Connection No distance at all: 1 + 1 = 1 (a singularity)
  57. 57. Motivation •Find your hook •Age group •Message •Being of service •Entertainment •Promoting children’s literature
  58. 58. Performance Anxiety •Get over it. •Quiet audience. •Breathe. •Sense of humor. •Go slowly. •They don’t hate you. •Rehearse. •They’re not there for you. •Written itinerary. •They’re there for the story. •Practice patter. •Let the story speak.
  59. 59. Training •Public library •Tellebration •Observe •Paid training •Colleagues •Books •Apprentice •Audio •Storytelling group •Video •Volunteer •Online
  60. 60. Material •Public library •Bookstore •Personal library •Memory •Imagination •Audience
  61. 61. ACLD Storytime Wiki <http://ACLDstorytime.pbworks.com>
  62. 62. ACLD Storytime Wiki <http://ACLDstorytime.pbworks.com>
  63. 63. ACLD Storytime Wiki <http://ACLDstorytime.pbworks.com>
  64. 64. ACLD Storytime Wiki <http://ACLDstorytime.pbworks.com>
  65. 65. ACLD Storytime Wiki <http://ACLDstorytime.pbworks.com>
  66. 66. ACLD Storytime Wiki <http://ACLDstorytime.pbworks.com>
  67. 67. ACLD Storytime Wiki <http://ACLDstorytime.pbworks.com>
  68. 68. ACLD Storytime Wiki <http://ACLDstorytime.pbworks.com>
  69. 69. ACLD Storytime Wiki <http://ACLDstorytime.pbworks.com>
  70. 70. ACLD Storytime Wiki <http://ACLDstorytime.pbworks.com>
  71. 71. ACLD Storytime Wiki <http://ACLDstorytime.pbworks.com> The only limit is our collective imagination.
  72. 72. Children’s Literature and Culture is the origin of all literature and culture. Join the Stewards of Story •Experience •Appreciate •Learn •Share
  73. 73. Cardinal Rule #3 Let the story speak.