Storyline & thread of the story
One of the possible resources for storytelling is the one known as "Storyline". Everybody has at least heard about this technique, may refer to: a. The plot or subplot of a story; b.The narrative of a work, whether of fictional or nonfictional basis; c.The narrative threads experienced by different but specific characters or sets of characters that together form a plot element or subplot in the work of fiction. In this sense, each narrative thread is the narrative portion of a work that pertains to the world view of the participating characters cognizant of their piece of the whole,and they may be the villains, the protagonists, a supporting character, or a relatively disinterested official utilized by the author, each thread of which is woven together by the writer to create a work; d.The Storyline method of teaching. But now we want to make a new and different approach to it by giving it an educational, creative and didactic point of view.
Trencaclosques theatre group is using this technique to tell stories in a visual and interactive way with the goal of getting the audience (pupils, kids, families, etc.) involved in the story by making it theirs. They take the "thread of the story" at face value and turn it into a rope with knots that are corresponding to the elements of the narrative: the moments of the argument (the approach, the knot and the outcome), the spaces and characters. Thus, the technique of the "thread of the story" becomes a real teaching tool to explain all types of content.
Why to use this?
This is a very useful resource for foreign language teachers because:
- The visual support provides a whole input of the new vocabulary.
- The audience becomes involved so they become language producers and not only passive viewers and listeners.
- The students make the story or topic theirs by interacting with the teacher as a storyteller.
When to use this resource?
This methodology can be used any time inside a communicative lesson, this is during:
a. Ice-breaking activities as a way to arise the desire to work on a specific topic.
b. Warm up activities to make the input of the language structures and vocabulary.
c. Focus activity making the kids use the technique to tell their own stories.
d. Feedback activities to sum up the learnt contents.
How to use it?
See the following video of Trencaclosques theater group: