These days, stories are not just for parents with children or journalists with readers. Good teachers have always known the power of stories in the classroom. Stories often hold a strange and magical quality that can interest and engage learners in a way that few other materials and methods have. While the telling of stories in class is often associated with primary-age children, the attraction of the story remains throughout life.

Humans are hard-wired for storytelling. We make sense of the world around us through narratives—they form a core part of our culture, belief systems, organizations and personal identities. They allow us to envision and showcase the change we want to see in the world. Everyone knows a story has a beginning, middle, and an end.

But on further analysis, you could break a story into eleven (11) elements.

  • Characters (This is a huge topic in itself).
  • Place/s. (Locations used to set the scene)
  • Time (Is it continuous, jumps around, are there flashbacks?)
  • Storyline/Plot.
  • Sensory Elements (Smells, Flavours, Colours, Textures, etc. could be used)
  • Objects (Things like clothing. A weapon etc. could be significant)
  • Characters’ physical gestures, and attitudes.
  • Emotions in the story (this is important and need to consider the characters, the teller, and the users).
  • Point of View. (Who is telling the story? Is the story being told by a character in the story? Is it clear whom the intended audience might be?)
  • Tone of Voice, Attitude, Style (casual, formal, other?).
  • Theme (Meaning, moral, message, idea).

From my research, there are 4 types of traditional stories, which include:

  • Folktale
  • Legend
  • Epic
  • Myth

Folktales tend to be timeless and placeless, with characters that are well-known in a culture. One type of Folktale is a Fairytale. Fairy tales have a magical element.

Legends are historical stories, which took place in a certain place, often in the distant past, with some divine element.

Epics are long stories that tell of the adventures of heroes/heroines as they travel from one end of the land to the other. Epics tend to be huge, serving as compendiums of many aspects of a culture, and often end with the hero/heroine founding a new institution (even a nation). Just look at Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings etc.

Myths are stories about divine characters. Myths often concern the creation of the physical world, and occur before human history. Storytellers sometimes bring out in characters, and in audience members mythic feelings in everyday life and experience. Classic examples of this are Thor etc.

Published by theirishduck

I love the ability where I can plan, prioritise, design, develop and deliver blended learning solutions for a variety of markets. I love to consult and advise about the best use of digital learning and improve design standards in line with evolving ways of working. I also enjoy to keep up to date with, understand and regularly recommend emerging technologies and practice to improve individuals, teams and organisational capabilities. With over 12 years digital learning experience and demonstrated experience in both instructional design and eLearning development, I have also a lot of experience conducting training needs analysis including how to leverage principles such as design thinking and root cause analysis to understand and address performance gaps. I also have led many facilitation workshops and even presented at iDesignX and Game Developers Conferences both here in Australia, Wales and in the United States. I bring loads of coding experience in Java, ASM, C++, HTML, JavaScript, SCORM and xAPI, as well as proven capability using Adobe Captivate, Trivantis Lectora and Articulate Storyline 360 Studio authoring programs. Of course, Adobe Creative Cloud is also part of my toolbox which I also use daily. Being taught traditional and advanced 3D animation techniques, I love hand drawing and polymer clay sculpture, but can also use the Blender, 3D Studio Max, Maya and Softimage applications. With strong multimedia, training and programming backgrounds, I understand modern learner behaviour including micro and social learning, I am very familiar with most LMSes and app-based (XCode and Android Studio), adult learning models and e-solutions. I also possess the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, whilst being pro-active in delivering work independently with minimal supervision, but enjoy working in teams. I've been told I am a resilient, relationship focused guy which can manage and navigate conflicting views and stakeholders/subject matter experts.

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