Storytelling by Use of Images

When telling a story, common practice usually entails reading from the book and showing your audience the picture. This makes sense in that the picture informs the listener what, and who the story is about. Another visual supplement may be flash cards and/or story cards.

Today, more than ever, we record what we’ve experienced by applying an image by easy accessibility to picture taking and picture sharing via social media. Its very easy to take many pictures. Its super easy to post pictures. The shared picture becomes an image that represents an experience. Thus, storytelling. Show the picture,tell the story. or…tell the story and take pictures of the relevant parts. Illustrate,find pictures on the web, do a photography project, that links into your storytelling.

The image is an aide, a trigger; not the focus,nor the story.

An example would be telling a wedding story. Show the wedding album, introduce the characters, tell the love story, flip through the wedding festivities and rituals, stop at the cake. What flavor was it? And they lived happily ever after. Not every picture needs to be explained, not every picture needs to be shared. But they give visual clues to progress the story and give the reader a sense of the mod of your story. Pictures and flashcards can be just as effective if you tell your story, focusing in getting to the happily ever-after.

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Thalya Goldfeld

Thalya Goldfeld, (Masters in Education, CUNY) is an experienced teacher and teacher trainer. Specializes in English language storytelling for young learners.

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