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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows. You’re doing a presentation, so you start with the facts you want to get across. Wrong! Humans are hardwired for stories. Deliver a presentation that captures the hearts and heads of your audience by stealing one of these classic storytelling techniques. 1. The monomyth (also called the hero's journey), is a story structure that is found in many folk tales, myths and religious writings from around the world. In a monomyth, the hero is called to leave their home and sets out on a difficult journey. After overcoming a great trial, they return home with a reward or newfound wisdom – something which will help their community. Good for: See also: The Hero's Journey by Joseph Campbell 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Related:  Writing

Better College Essays? There’s a Platform for That “What are colleges looking for?” “What’s a good topic? “What should I write about?” If you’ve had high school students or worked with high school students, you’ve undoubtedly heard that from teens attempting to scale the last and most frightening hurdle: their college application essays. Problem solved: Story2 teaches students how to tell their stories out loud using the power of storytelling to write powerful essays in their own voice. Our storytelling friend and guest author Carol Barash, PhD, is co-founder of Story2, an online writing application that helps students “build a bridge” from what they’ve done already to what they want to do in the future. Story2 is the perfect compliment to Barash’s book Write Out Loud. The Story2 essay process begins with 16 personality traits, helping young people find their voice and their moment and tell their story out loud. In addition to some really cool tools, Story2 provides a positive place for kids to tell their stories.

4 Writing Apps to Help Students Conquer the Blank Page By Lani Aquino Staring at a blank page can be daunting. Add a reluctant writer to the mix, and what should be a great opportunity for personal expression becomes a personal nightmare. IEW Wrting Tools Lite — This free version of the app from the Institute for Excellence in Writing offers users a variety of tools and tips. Story Wheel — This idea generator for the early grades lets students work individually or in groups to create their own stories. Strip Designer — Comics are a great teaching tool for inference and helping students focus on key details in their writing. Writing Prompts — Sometimes the hardest part of writing is finding that initial idea to spark a piece. If ideas, format, or style are causing students to have writer’s block, turning to the digital realm can be just what’s needed to get things rolling.

Screenwriting as an ELA Exercise Our November 2015 English Journal offers the article “Lights, Camera, Write: How Scene Writing Can Help Students Write in Multiple Genres.” Author Darren Masserman, a high school ELA teacher, advises that one way to help students develop as writers is to assign them to write scenes for plays or movies. Many students who avoid reading still enjoy getting stories through cinema and television. This makes screenwriting a natural bridge to connect students with the art of storytelling. Furthermore, the very format of screenwriting can make it more appealing to hard-to-reach students. Not only is the exercise engaging, but Masserman says it offers solid educational benefits. In screenwriting, dialogue and action are visually separated, emphasizing for the reader how each element functions individually, as well as how the two work together. It can also be useful for argumentative writing. Referring to a fictional teacher he uses to illustrate his points, Masserman concludes, “If Mr.

Answering and Scoring Open-Ended Questions Directions Day 1 Step 1: Put students into groups of 3. Step 2: Distribute the same open-ended question to each group and tell them to develop an answer. Step 3: After all groups are done explain the ACE method to them. A= answer the question as written C= cite from the text using details and quotes to support your answer E= explain how your citations support your answer Step 4: Have each group go back over their answer and revise it so that it contains the 3 parts of the ACE method. Step 5: After they've completed their revisions, collect the responses and redistribute them so that each group has another groups' response. Step 6: Each group should identify the A, C, and the E in the response they have. Step 7: Choose a volunteer from each group to write on the board. Step 8: Follow the same routine for the C and E. Step 9: For homework, give students a worksheet with at least 4 different open-ended questions and their responses. Day 2 Supporting All Learners Assignments Evaluation

Lesson Plans – Search Education – Google Picking the right search terms Beginner Pick the best words to use in academic searching, whether students are beginning with a full question or a topic of just a few words. View lesson Advanced Explore "firm" and "soft" search terms, and practice using context terms to locate subject-specific collections of information on the web. Understanding search results Learn about the different parts of the results page, and about how to evaluate individual results based on cues like web addresses and snippets. Engage additional search strategies, such as generalization and specialization. Narrowing a search to get the best results Apply filtering tools and basic "operators" to narrow search results. Compare results for basic searches with ones that use operators to discover the impact the right operator has at the right time. Searching for evidence for research tasks Evaluating credibility of sources Consider, tone, style, audience, and purpose to determine the credibility of a source. Culture Culture

Cultura y Tendencias | “Tu receta, tu historia”, el concurso de rescate gastronómico de Chile Como una forma de reconocer la sabiduría local y rescatar prácticas culinarias que se han ido perdiendo en el tiempo, es que nace el concurso “Tu receta, tu historia”, organizado por el Consejo de la Cultura, a través de su área de gastronomía. Para participar basta con subir una receta y un relato asociado al sitio web donde además se encuentran las bases detalladas. También es posible postular en papel, para ello se debe descargar el formulario del portal y presentarlo completo en las oficinas de las Direcciones Regionales del Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, CNCA, a lo largo del país. La convocatoria se mantiene abierta hasta el 30 de marzo y en ella pueden participar todos los residentes en Chile, mayores de 18 años y que quieran promover, compartir y difundir la identidad cultural de su región a través de una receta. Jurado y premios Las recetas mejor puntuadas serán recopiladas en una publicación del CNCA.

This Web App Identifies Unnecessary Words In Your Writing Whether you need to craft a punchy email, a concisely worded cover letter, or a clever Twitter update, it can be difficult to identify unnecessary words in your own writing. Fortunately, if you’re struggling to fine tune your writing or reduce your resume to a single page, there’s a web app that can help. Expresso is a free app that points out style issues in blocks of text. Lifehacker reports that the app is useful for identifying common writing issues like filler words, use of passive voice, and weak verbs. While Expresso is useful for editing individual texts, its aim is actually much broader. The app is also useful for analyzing the writing of others.

Creating a Writers' Workshop in a Secondary Classroom In the middle of the school year, I always regret my choice of becoming an AP and Honors English teacher. Not because I hate to teach, but because I'm always swimming in essays that I have to grade. In order to accommodate the load, I adapted the elementary way of thinking and formed a writers' workshop for my own classroom. Once they participate in the workshop, students are able to learn how to revise their own essays. Suggestions for Implementing a Writers' Workshop in Your Classroom 1. When I conduct writers' workshops in my own classroom, I adapt the station rotation model of blended learning. 2. Every time I conduct a writers' workshop, I survey the students and ask them what skills they would like to practice. Examples of Stations 1. After a brief discussion about the benefits of reading aloud, students go out to the hallway and use their phones or Chromebooks to record their own voices as they read. 2. 3. This is a skill that can be difficult for students at all levels. 4. 5. 6.

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