White Stallion Storytelling
Identifying key moments and preparing an oral storytelling for an audience or recording.
Lesson length: 1 session
Lesson from A Story Like the Wind series
Required reading: Whole book
- Narrative features: Plot: key events
- Comprehension: Summarising
The benefits of oral storytelling are numerous. Expressly studies point to the value in providing opportunities for self-expression, identification with story characters, empathic understanding of self and others and bi-directional communication.
In this lesson, children are encouraged to retell the story in their own words and only use direct quotations for effect. Conveying the emotion and the meaning of the tale is far more important than memorising the text. When children are freed from memorising, it gives space for their voices to emerge.
Above all, this should be an enjoyable, collaborative experience.
- Provide large sheets of paper A2 or A3.
- Download and print the story cards.
Distribute the story cards and large sheets of paper to members of the group and ask them to prepare to retell the section of the story that they have been given.
Ask them to draw and annotate their image with key words or phrases taken from the text.
Next, add essential lines of dialogue.
Gather in a circle to retell the story.
After telling the story, encourage the children to reflect on the experience.
- What did you enjoy about listening to other children telling the story?
Prepare and rehearse your retelling of the story of The White Stallion as an audio adaptation.
- Who will narrate the story?
- Who will play the different characters in the story?
You may want to include some sound effects, but don’t overdo it, as the sound effects can be distracting, and they should only be used to assist the storytelling. You might want to include some percussion instruments between each main event to segment the narrative.
Choose some appropriate introductory music. Read out the credits at the end.
- Why are stories shown to be important in A Story Like the Wind?
In pairs, use the Story Cards to order the events and reconstruct the story. Alternatively, complete a set of blank cards after identifying the main events in the story.