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Telling a story

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How to tell a story in English

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Telling a story

  1. 1. + Telling A Story Step Up American Pragmatics and Culture
  2. 2. + Basic Story Structure  Introduction  Beginning  The Story  The End  Moral
  3. 3. + Story Structure: Introduction  Introduce the story by telling what kind of story it is.  Examples:  “This is a true story”  “This is a story I heard from a friend.” Sample Language: First of all, To start off with, Initially,
  4. 4. + Story Structure: Beginning  Tellhow the story started.  Provide background information about the setting & time period when the story took place.  Mention where, what time of day, what the weather was like, etc.  Ex. Golden Girls – Sophia’s Storytelling Sample Language for Continuing: Then, After that, Next, As soon as / When + full clause, ... but then Immediately,
  5. 5. + Story Structure: The Story  Tellthe main events, in the order that they happened.  Ex. I woke up, went to the kitchen, and saw the huge hole in the window…
  6. 6. + Sample Language  Interruptions / New Elements to the Story:  Suddenly, Unexpectedly,  Examples: Suddenly, a child burst into the room with a note for Ms. Smith. Unexpectedly, the people in the room didnt agree with the mayor.  Events Occurring at the Same Time  While / As + full clause During + noun (noun clause)  Examples: While we were getting ready for the trip, Jennifer was making the reservations at the travel agents. During the meeting, Jack came over and asked me a few questions.
  7. 7. + Story Structure: The End  Tell what has changed or how things are now.  You could have a happy ending, sad ending, or even a cliff hanger.  Ex. “so we managed to get to the concert right on time”  Sample Language for Ending: Finally, In the end, Eventually, Lastly,
  8. 8. + Story Structure: The Moral  Make final comments or provide moral conclusions about the story.  Ex. “In the end, it was better that it happened that way because if it had happened the way I planned, no one would have been happy.”
  9. 9. + Other Important Elements Of Story Telling  Cause and Effect  Provide reasons for different actions that occur in the story  Link Ideas Logically  Use proper verb tenses  Reported Speech
  10. 10. + Think of your own story to tell…  Thinkof a story that has happened to you or a friend of yours that is remarkable. What happened?  Was this a happy or sad story? Why?  What were the main events of the story? In what order did they happen?  Howhave things changed because of this story? What are things like now?  What lessons did you learn from the story?
  11. 11. + Now You Try…  Tell me your story.

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