(link to an example from Midsummer)
|Telling the Story
Submitted by: Michael
Date: July 1994
To review each act or the entire play.
- At the end of each Act, the students will review by telling the story
of that Act.
- The group will sit in a circle, and the storyteller will stand in the
center with the storyteller's scarf.
- Only the person with the scarf is allowed to speak (unless giving a
quote -- see below).
- The speaker must say "I was there . . ." to begin his or
her portion of the story.
- The speaker, having told his or her portion of the story, then passes
the scarf to anyone sitting in the circle.
- The new person cannot refuse to speak. He or she must enter the
circle, either continue the story or say "I was not there . . ." and then pass
the scarf to another person.
- Those listening to the story are encouraged to read or enact key
quotes from the play.
- As the story continues, if a person makes a mistake or tells the
story out of order, anyone may enter the circle and gently take the scarf. After the
correction is made, the speaker sits down.
- This continues until the story is told.
The Dream Unfolds
The following summary of A Midsummer Night's Dream is a good
example of how this activity can work. I also use The Dream Unfolds to introduce the story of
the play by printing the lines of the text on index cards. Each student practices
his or her line prior to the narration. The students sit in a circle on the floor as
the narrator reads the story. When their numbers are called, the students rise and
act out their lines.
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