Story Telling Competition

11th National Children’s Competition 2020

This competition is testing your creativity and delivering skills. You can choose a story of your own (complying within the Islamic religious boundaries) to deliver.

Children have an innate love of stories. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others. Storytelling is a unique way for children to develop an understanding, respect and appreciation for the emotions, and can promote a positive attitude among them.

Group 3

Duration: 5 – 9 mins

Marking criteria:

Marking will be based on the contents and the presentation of their chosen story.

Characters identified and expressed clearly

Actions/acting for various characters

Making it interesting by adding various noise by tapping, clapping or through their voice expression. Cannot use any external equipment.

Only their human body and their garments to be used to produce sounds.

Acquiring and accommodating the audience using various techniques.

Morality of Story within Islamic boundaries

Story Telling Marking Criteria

• Starting
• Dress Code
• Greeting
• Stage Confidence
• Good starting
Presentation Techniques
• Special Effects
• Voice variation
• Sound variation
• character identification
Flow of the story
• How narrator carrying the flow from the beginning to end of the story
Moral of the story
• Islamic boundaries
• Social responsibilities
Max 8 MarksMax 30 MarksMax 30 MarksMax 30 MarksMax 2 Marks


Some tips:

Performance techniques
Telling a story can captivate an audience…that is, with the right techniques and a little practice:

Remembering and retelling the plot:

  • map the plot as a memory technique
  • use story skeletons to help you remember the key events
  • think of the plot as a film or a series of connected images
  • tell yourself the story in your own words
  • create your own version of the story (adapt and improvise)
  • retell it numerous times until it feels like a story

Performance skills.
Remember to…

  • vary the volume, pitch and tempo of your voice (enunciate clearly and exaggerate expression)
  • use your face, body and gestures (let your body speak)
  • make your body and face respond to the tale
  • have a clear focus and maintain concentration
  • maintain engaging eye contact with the audience/ individual listeners
  • create a charismatic presence (make the audience believe in you)
  • use different, exaggerated character voices
  • use your space/ be dynamic
  • remember to pace yourself
  • always remember to regain your style as a narrator
  • use silence and pauses to add dramatic effect

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