Wintertime Tales Festival Rules

Theme: Wintertime Stories


Everyone interested in being considered to be one of the five featured tellers at the festival must notify me in writing by November 1, 2013.  Please put your name and the story you would like me to consider on the piece of paper.


If you are chosen to be featured in the festival, this will count as your Outside Telling.  As long as you do a GREAT job, you will earn an "instant" A and will not need to fill out any of the paperwork for that project :)


Checklist for considering the Wintertime Storytelling Festival:


1.  _____ You must be free on Dec. 10 from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Tellers selected who do not show up for the final performance will forfeit the Outside Telling Project points in class.


2.  _____ Stories must be appropriate for children and adults.  Age range from 2 years of age up.


3.  _____ Stories must be at least 5 min.  long, but short than 7 min.


4.  _____ Interested tellers must tell their Fantasy story in class during the first week they are due.


5.  _____ Stories should focus on any of the following: any holiday tradition during the month of December, winter, snow, nature, magical transformation, family, or friendship.


6.  _____ Stories MUST have an interactive component, e.g. group singing exercise, call-response from the audience (teaching the audience a few ASL/Spanish words so they can participate), questions for the audience, sound effects the audience can make throughout the story, etc…


Important notations about the rules for entering:

üStories will be disqualified if the content is inappropriate for any audience, e.g. too graphically disturbing, inappropriate language choices, etc.  The content has been discussed in class.


Judging Details

 ___  1. The story was appropriate for a general audience.

___  2.  The teller’s performance was exceptional.  She/he maintained active eye contact with the entire audience as they auditioned, used vocal variety to create strong emotive messages expressed by characters in the story, paused appropriately, incorporated a variety of nonverbal expressions that emphasized the action unfolding in the story, and avoided fidgeting while telling.

___  3. The story did not have a "crowded stage".

___  4. The introduction included the story’s title, the author's name, and piqued the audience's curiosity.

___  5. The story was easy to follow.

___  6. The story had a strong M.I.T. and a sense of closure.

___  7. The story was 5-7 min. in length.

___  8. The teller demonstrated relaxed confidence as she/he told.

___  9. The story’s interactive component engaged the entire audience and it was fun!

___10. The story’s primary focus was about a December holiday, winter theme, transformation, family, or friendship.