Methods For Story Telling
Group Size: 10-100
Estimated Time: 10 minutes
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1. To convey information/message – the purpose of the story is to give over a particular message or information. A random story doesn’t serve the purpose of the peula.
2. To trigger a discussion – A story doesn’t have to close a discussion, it can trigger one.
3. Conclusion – You can conclude a peula with a story (true or fiction) that demonstrates the message you’re trying to give over in the peula.
4. Experience – A story can allow the chanichim to experience the message of the peula by identifying with a character from the story.
5. Making it real – A story can make the message more real by giving a real story of how the character(s) embody the message.
1. Set the right atmosphere – For a sad story you can sit on the floor, you can light a candle in a dark room.
2. Props – Costumes, set, lights, music. These all help bring the story to life.
3. KATYMBAH – Kol, Tnua, Yadayim, Mabat, Bitachon atzmi, Hakshava
4. Read the story before hand and tell it off by heart during the peula – allows us to bring the story more to life and allows for more eye contact with the chanichim
5. Simplicity – Make sure it’s a story that all the chanichim can understand
6. Making it appropriate – The story has to be appropriate for the age of the chanichim and for their mentality.
7. Modify – you can shorten or lengthen the story based on the audience and how much time you have.
Different ways of telling a story:
Madrich telling the story
1. With pictures – can have a few pictures to accompany the story OR can have a puzzle of a picture and throughout the story can put the pieces together
2. Puppet show – Put pictures of each character on an icy-pole stick and tell the story like a puppet show
3. Hat story – Wear a hat that has different characters written on different sides of the hat. When changing characters, twist the hat to that character
4. Television – prepare the frame of a TV screen with boxes and tell the story as if you were on TV
Chanichim getting involved
1. Get the chanichim to act out different characters of the story
2. Repeat a sentence – divide the chanichim into a few groups and give each group a sentence. Each time the madrich points to them, they have to say their sentence
3. Bold sentences – Hand out copies of the story to the chanichim, each one receiving a copy with different sentences in bold. That way, each chanich must read out the sentences that they have in bold.
4. Pass the parcel – divide the story into different parts and place a different part of the story in layers of a parcel that is passed around. Each time it stops, the chanich holding the parcel must open the next layer and read the next part of the story.
5. Toilet paper – Write the story on a roll of toilet paper, leaving some blank squares in between. The roll gets passed around and each chanich has to tear off a piece. If they tear a piece with writing, they must read out that next part of the story.
6. Props – Hand out props that are relevant to the story to the chanichim. Each time one of them is mentioned, the chanich must hold up their prop.
7. Leave the ending – Don’t finish telling the story and get the chanichim to write down what they think the ending should be. That way they get to use their imagination.