January 18, 2012

Story telling

Activity One

Children enjoy listening to stories, because it allows them to become immersed in the world of the text. They are able to listen and enjoy the text without having to read the words, this may mean that they can become introduced to more complex texts than they would need to read on their own.

There are key skills when reading a story, the ability to be theatrical, and to select the correct tone and pace for both the story and the characters. In addition to these, it is key to be able to become involved in the story and embrace what they are reading about.

Activity Two

When watching the two videos, there were many similarities. They both had powerful voices, and were able to create a level of intensity with the texts they were reading. With the first video the man had a powerful voice, and changed both the pace and tone of his voice to suit the text, however this was not as theatrical as the man in the second video. He was able to adapt the tone of his voice to portray a feeling and an emotion - sometimes proving rather unnerving and other times seeming to infuse humour into the text. The first video, showed the man was able to form a bond with the reader - as though it were just you and him and you were in the story together, he used questions and empathy to demonstrate this. The second video was more of a 'he was reading to you' story, and I was just the listener.

I prefered the second video, this is due to a combination of the story itself, and the way in which the man was able to portray an array of emotions just through his voice and facial expressions, I noticed that I had become really interested in what was going to come next, and I think this was partially due to the way he paused, and the way he was able to build up a situation.

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