What makes ‘Spookey’ spookey?: Storytelling and Structure

Spookey stories

Using some spookey stories to get things started, this package is about helping children understand how to structure a story for best effect.

Children seem to love a good spookey story and by asking them to think about what it is about a story that makes it feel spookey, we can begin to explore how stories can be structured to create the best effect.

Spookey stories are a great way to approach the subject of story writing because the children can quickly associate how they feel with certain words, phrases or imagery in the story.

We begin with a telling of a story in two ways. Firstly for spookey effect and then the same story where all the key elements that made it spookey are removed. The children are then asked about how they felt with each story and which they preferred. 

Carl then explains why he tells the story the way he does to help the children begin to understand that how stories can create emotion for the listener or indeed the reader.

We explore ways to create tension, suspense and how to pull people into a story by using common frames of reference.

Additional work and learning can be achieved with the children developing a short spookey story (written or spoken) to put the things they have learned into practice. 

Other Storytelling for schools and learning packages:

Culture and Communication – Using story to explore different cultures

Folklore and history – using story to understand the past

Myth or Legend? Parable or Fable? – knowing the difference

Mabinogion Magic – – Exploring the ancient stories of Wales

Fabled Fables! – Using animal stories to explore ethics and morals

What makes ‘Spookey’ spookey? – Storytelling and structure

The never ending story – tales where the children decide the ending.

Hedgerow wisdom - the stories that help us remember


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