Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Storytelling Framework Sampler

Here is a sample plan for storytelling that can be used in the classroom. Following the basic framework, it observes the basic structure of reading instruction to formalize the learning of skills like characterization, drawing conclusions, comprehension (through context clues) and thinking skills like making inferences and critical thinking.

Title of Story:          Ang Mga Kwento Ni Lola Basyang ni Severino Reyes: The Prince of the Birds


Retold by Christine Bellen

Illustrated by Frances Alcaraz

Published by Anvil Pub. Inc. 2005

Target learners/students: Grade 5-6


  1. To understand the different character traits in the story (the King, Princess Singsing and the Prince of Birds);
  2. To make a conclusion of a character based on actions and decisions he/she made in the story;
  3. To enjoy and appreciate a story read aloud as a class/group (Readers’ Theatre) and extend the literary experience through role playing of the story’s basic parts;
  4. To learn the concept and meaning of the phrase kept his promise


  1. Unlock the phrase kept his promise as used in context.
  2. Present a paragraph using kept his promise.

Mark and Peter agreed to bring an extra sandwich and bottled water for Ms. Dela Cruz, their coach and teacher, if either of them wins in the Spelling Bee contest. Peter won and kept his promise to Mark.

What does the phrase, kept his promise, mean?

c. Motive question – Why didn’t the King keep his promise to the Prince of Birds?


Storytelling Proper & During Reading Activities:

  1. Introduce the book, the writers, illustrators and publisher of the book and its series.
  2. Distribute the script for the Readers’ Theatre to the class.
  3. During reading activities:



Princess Singsing

The King of Tongkiang

The Prince of Birds

Physical descriptions


Attitudes, habits and decisions


General traits and characteristics






  1. Go back to the motive question so students can answer it.


Note: The teacher/storyteller may write comprehension questions for the during-reading-activity part of the session, or have small group discussions, like a literary circle as an additional post activity. Differentiated activities is another option for the teacher/storyteller and the students to do.


Post Activity:

Divide the class in groups in preparation for a role playing of the basic parts of the story.



Planned and prepared by:

Zarah Gagatiga

For the Anvil Publishing Inc. sponsored workshop at Powerbooks Trinoma, April 13, 2009.


Anonymous said...

Very nice activity. I will put it in practice

Zarah Grace C. Gagatiga said...

thanks! i'm glad you find this useful.

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