Title: Creating the Ending
Recommended by: David Heathfield
Origin: p. 35, Storytelling With Our Students: Techniques for telling tales from around the world Heathfield, David, DELTA Publishing 2014
Recommended age: From 5 years to adults
- To develop creative story-making skills
The students can be invited to create and tell their own endings to an unfinished folk story – first in pairs, then as a whole class.
Tell a story, pausing at a climactic point towards the end of the story and, without any preparation, invite the students to tell the ending they imagine to a partner:
- They might create two different endings.
- They might create one ending together.
Invite a volunteer to sit in your storytelling seat and to tell their ending. The other students listen closely, and notice similarities and differences to their own endings.
Invite another volunteer, who has a very different ending, to tell theirs.
Once the students have listened to three completely different endings from other students, you could ask them to tell their ending again to new partner:
- They can tell their ending as before.
- They can include any ideas they liked from the other students they listened to.
Finally, they compare their endings with the traditional ending as you tell it.
More information: www.davidheathfield.co.uk