The factors of making a funny story!

Teaching profession asks teacher to use many different ways to have effective lesson. One of the effective ways to attract student to pay attention to the lesson is telling story. If your students are kids, telling story will be a great method to improve their cognition. Although each person must use different ways to make their story become funny, some factors such as voice, gestures and visual aids must be considered during the process of telling story.


Whether your story is successful or not depends on your voice. How do you make your voice better? To start story fluently, you must learn by heart or understand the main content of story which you are going to tell, then  summarize by your own words, but still remain the original idea of author. This permits you to control your voice until finishing the story. Sometimes, you need to change your voice into different ways depending on the characters and scenes of the story. For example, if the character of story is a kind and gentle princess, your voice will be able to soft and light. In contract, if that is a monster or stepmother, a strong voice will be more suitable. In addition, if the plot of story contains some scary and legend scene, low tones will be better. Sometimes, the story has in variety of characters such as animal, plant and so on. You must learn how to make the different sounds such as animal sounds like bee, baa, quack; weather sounds like wind and rain; happening sounds like explosion or rustling. Generally, using different voice and changing intonation make your story more exciting and attract your student’s attention


Gesture plays an important role in making an attractive story. This means that you harmoniously combine action with verbal when expressing ideas or describing any characters in the story. Using action and then asking student to guess who characters are or what the next parts of story is will help children to understand and remember the story deeper. Shifting your gesture can create a close atmosphere to the children. They can gather in listening and imitating your act .Specially, they can be dipped into the story’s atmosphere. For example, if the story mentioned the castle, you will know how to make your children imagine about it or have a feeling that they are living it. Completing this task, you will get a part of success in storytelling. You also use body language with your shoulder, hands, fingers or even the whole body  in order to express a character or scenery appearing in the story so that your kids guess what action is. At times; if the story contains faint elements concerning with the character, let try to give your emotion in this situation so that children can sympathize for characters or their situation in term. Clearly, teller’s gesture decides to the success of story.

Visual aids

In classroom language learning, teacher can use many materials or tools to create a good environment of learning for children. Utilizing picture, real objects or projector bring a lot of advantages for student. For instances, when speaking to a pig, if you can show a picture about it, your children can immediately realize it without needing to any explanations. This helps you save time and keep energy. Using real objects are also a good way to introduce the objects which you are mentioning. For example, if you support some questions about an lemon like “ what does it look like?” for children and ask them to answer , They are believed to give a correct answer. Therefore, no matter what techniques can be applied, you should take advantage of teaching children.

To sum up, telling story requires teacher to apply diversity techniques for organizing effective activities in class. It also asks teacher to combine methods closely to encourage students to take part in learning. Actually, changing voice, gesture and using visual aids during the process of telling story will help children remember longer. This is a good chance for them to enhance the knowledge as well as vocabulary through story.


2 thoughts on “The factors of making a funny story!

  1. Hi “goheading”,
    First of all, thanks for your writing. I find it very interesting, useful and meaningful.
    From this post I can look for a lot of things that will be the good materials for me as a teacher in the future. They are some initial factors or aspects which we should take a look at to have a successful English lesson with storytelling in a class of kids.
    The first one is voice. It is obviously the most important thing that a teacher needs to take care because he or she is in a storytelling class and an oral lesson. In other word, he or she has to talk, say and tell. How a storytelling lesson is if it is totally silent?
    I agree with your suggestions to make teacher’s voice better or the useful ways to use our voice effectively. Changing tone, intonation in different contexts such as raise our voice, low our voice; making sounds as the sound of an animal, the sound of wind, rain and so on are really necessary to create a funny lesson. Most of success depends on how a teacher plays with he or she voice in a story since this brings the life of the story to our kids vividly.
    The second one is gestures. Combining actions with what you are saying helps you express your ideas more explicitly and understandable. It has no reason to deny the great power of body language in communication. It is also right in teaching. Kids still can guess what you want to say through your gestures, eye contact, face expression, even you do not say anything.
    The last one is visual aids. Materials are always the good tools which help teachers make the lesson more interesting and practical. The pictures relating to the content of the story help kids imagine easily. Consequently, kids will remember the story long and deeply.
    Overall, three aspects above are all important. And it is better to combine them skillfully.
    Your writing covered as well as presented them logically.
    Keep your writing as good as this, “goheading”.

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