Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Adding Actions and Adjectives: Storytelling Worksheet

For the past 15 years I have been working with students, teaching them the art of Oral Tradition. They choose their own folktales and through a number of written assignment and interactive games they add their own voice to the tale. Our final goal is an end of year Storytelling Festival for their families, friends and community members.

Last week I used a new worksheet I created with my fourth and fifth grade storytelling students to help their stories come alive. 

Below are some of the changes/additions the students made in their stories; they are capitalized and in bold font.

  • They walked down the path and found a SHALLOW stone well.
  • They QUICKLY tumbled down the shallow well.
  • Once there was a GRAND Chinese ruler who had a cat he treasured above all other animals.
  • The ruler gave a BROAD smile as he realized that his children were his wisest advisers of all. 
  • She FIRMLY held out her needle
  • “I see how fast you DEVOURED my mother’s butter.”
  • It told the boy about strange, VICIOUS stone giants and GHOSTLY flying heads
  • “I really should not say,” said the SNEAKY clam.
  • Beaver thought of a plan, a very BRILLIANT plan!
  • The oldest brother PROUDLY counted his bothers.
  • The youngest brother had a CREATIVE idea.
  • There once was a COLORFUL garden, filled with flowers STRETCHING toward the sun.
  • The girls SWIFTLY ran off.
  • They SLOWLY TIPTOED towards her.

I give you permission to use the worksheet in your storytelling work, however, I respectfully ask that you do not remove the copyright information and credit the source. Permission does not include using it in any other print material, i.e. books, workshop handouts, blogs, e-books, etc. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. 

If you would like the worksheet in a .doc file I will be happy to email it to you. You may reach me at If you do use it I would be delighted to know how it worked for your students. You will find additional handouts and games I created for my storytelling troupes in my award-winning book, Story by Story: Creating a Student Storytelling Troupe .

Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think about this new worksheet. *Note: I monitor blog comments to avoid spam so you will not immediately see your note until I approve it. 

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Anonymous said...

Hi! This looks like a fantastic worksheet. I am giving a speech actually I'm telling a story at Toastmasters next week. May I use it as a handout for them. They are all older adults yet I am sure they could use it to help them with their Storytelling manual.


Karen Chace said...

Hi Anonymous,

Thank you for your kind comments and for asking permission. Yes, you may use it as long as you do not delete the copyright and contact information at the end of the handout. If you contact me at my email address I will send you the worksheet so you don't have to recreate it.

Warm regards,

Janet Glantz said...

Hi Karen,
Once again you have shared a valuable resource for us to use with students. Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness. I would like to receive the worksheet in dox file.
Kindest Regards,
Janet Glantz

Karen Chace said...

Hi Janet,

You are so kind. I have just sent the worksheet to your email. Let me know how it works out for you.

Warm regards,