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Crash Course in Storytelling

  • Title:Crash Course in Storytelling
  • Author:Kendall Haven, MaryGay Ducey
  • Publication Date:November 2006
  • Grade Level:PreK-8
  • ISBN:9781591583998
  • Publisher:ABC-Clio

Storytelling can be easy, fun, and above all doable, especially with the simple, easy-to-follow directions given by these two master storytellers. This book provides everything you need to become a master storyteller yourself. Simple examples and summary directions for exercises and games reinforce and demonstrate key concepts. Step-by-step plans help you choose a story, and learn it in preparation for presentation to an audience. Audience management, practice activities, and the authors' motivation exercises are offered as are techniques to guide you through any of the possible major telling problems. Storytelling extras (props to puppets including costumes) and lists of grade-appropriate, time- and teller-tested stories are provided.

This basic guide by experienced storytellers provides all that is needed to encourage any novice storyteller to take the plunge. Lists of never-fail stories and simple techniques for managing an audience go a long way to dissolve the angst. Practice activities and motivation exercises as well as tips for overcoming the major problems and catastrophes that might be encountered pave the way for a smooth first storytelling experience.

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Author Bio

Kendall Haven is the only internationally recognized expert in the science of story structure, participating in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Narrative Networks project to research the neural and cognitive science of how stories exert influence. Previously, Haven spent eight years as a senior research scientist for the Department of Energy. His published works include 24 books from Libraries Unlimited, including Story Proof: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story; Crash Course in Storytelling; and Super Simple Storytelling: A Can-Do Guide for Every Classroom, Every Day.

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