*Always begin comments with a compliment: What did the storyteller do well?
*Remember: Enthusiastic, respectful listeners help storytellers improve!
In order to evaluate the oral skills of the teller one must be able to hear the teller.
* Did the teller speak loudly enough?
* Did the teller seem to want to really tell the listeners the story?
* Did the body language of the teller distract from or help the storytelling?
* Did the teller tell the whole story?
Listening Partner Feedback:
*Only the listener can answer these questions.
Storyteller Can Ask Listener:
* Did the story keep your attention?
* Could you picture what I said?
* Did the characters seem real?
*Only the teller can answer these questions.
Storyteller Can Ask Themselves:
* Did I picture the story as I was telling it, without letting my mind wander?
* Did I picture the characters in my imagination and pretend to "be" all of them?
* Did my words flow easily or was it difficult to find the words to express my thoughts?
Important Rehearsal Tip:
Have students practice telling the story to one person at a time. Keep changing partners. as confidence builds have them tell to small groups. When well-rehearsed, students can tell to the class.
To give practice a focus arrange a: Storytelling Festival Day
The primary goal of a student festival is to help students feel confident speaking publicly and to encourage considerate group listening skills to support each teller.
Have each student prepare to present a short oral story (5-7 minutes) first to one other student and then to larger groups, until the telling is done for the entire class.
Students can find stories to tell either in the Stories In A Nutshell or Aesop's ABC section of this website or, send students to the Public Library to take out a folktale book from the 398.2 section.