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  • 1.

    Choose a story that you are excited to tell.

  • 2.

    Create every bit of the storytelling experience.

  • 3.

    Speak without memorizing and without using a script or outline.

  • 4.

    Learn the essence of the tale and present the story fluently

  • 5.

    Get in touch with the storyteller inside of you.

  • 6.

    Enjoy the art of storytelling



  • 1.

    Choose your story carefully.

    • a.

      Please choose your story only from the following folklore forms: Folktales, Epics, Fairy Tales, Parables, Legends, Hero Tales, Myths, Fables, Ballads.

    • b.

      Be sure that you REALLY LIKE the story -- share with us something that is unique as well as entertaining. Introduce a story that will be new for many of us.

    • c.

      Suggestion: Find a story that comes from your own ethnic or cultural background.

  • 2.

    Analyze your story

    • a.

      See the instruction/guideline sheet for the analysis paper (it is forthcoming and has the format and information that is required).

    • b.

      Be sure that your story outline has sufficient details.

  • 3.

    Practice -- Practice -- Practice

    • a.

      You should be able to tell your story fluently.

    • b.

      No scripts, no books, or notes are allowed.

    • c.

      Be natural, conversational, and direct.


Time limits:

a. b.

Your story should be 4-8 minutes in length. You will get a grace period of 15 seconds under or 30 seconds over that limit, after which points


will be deducted. Hint: Practice aloud, record and time your story

  • --

    edit, if necessary.

  • 5.


    • a.

      You will provide additional feedback to classmates by evaluating at least two other storytellers that are assigned to you.

    • b.

      See schedule for details.

  • 6.

    Instructor Evaluation will be based on:

    • a.

      General Skills (Fluency, Visualization, Plot building to Climax).

    • b.

      Delivery: Voice (rate, volume, articulation and pronunciation, tone) Body (Facial expressions, Eye contact, Gestures, Posture, and other body motion).

    • c.

      Characterization (Uniqueness, Differentiation of characters).

    • d.

      Adherence to time limits.

    • e.

      Overall Effectiveness.

  • 7.

    Stuffs Due:

Story Analysis Paper of your story – Refer to the Story Analysis Guidelines and Sample Page. Following your performance you will do a self-evaluation after viewing the videotape of your story. You will focus on Four Storytelling Strengths and exactly how you will incorporate these strengths into your next speeches; Four Areas that you will Improve, and four specific steps you WILL take prior to your next speech/performance to improve in the areas that you want to improve. Be detailed, descriptive, and specific in your evaluation. You must include the four specific steps that you will take to improve for your informative speech. You are designing your plan for improvement–be comprehensive, and all-inclusive. Write your responses down when you are viewing the video then turn in, or email your responses to me by the due date. To receive credit for your email evaluation you must include in the subject of the email–in the following order Story Eval, SP251, your class day (M or T) your class time, your Name. For example if you are in SP 251 on Mon. & Wed. at 10:30am the subject of your email will include, in this exact order, the following information: “Story Eval 251 MW10:30 Your Name

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