Examples of Storytelling Scripts

‘Story is one of the most ancient and elemental forms of knowing… Story is not a frill, not an ornament, not an illustration, not a diversion, not an entertainment and certainly not backward. Instead, it is a unique way of knowing, as valid as science though entirely different in its usefulness.’

Jerome Berryman

Scripts

Many scripts are now available in RE modules, however, others are available from CEO Ballarat.

Other stories can be told by the teacher ( storyteller)  using the process

  • Gently reveal items, wonder what they might be
  • Describe (e. g. “the desert is a dangerous place….”, “they lived on the banks of the river”, “people then had many gods”, “They were on the same journey as we are.” etc.
  • Move items slowly and carefully telling the story and filling in about life at the time.
  • Pause between movements so that children may see and think.
  • The storyteller’s eyes remain on the figures.
  • The storyteller touches items e.g. picks up sand and runs it gently through his/her fingers.
  • As children begin wondering, the storyteller raises his/her eyes and looks into the eyes of the children.

Example Stage 1: Jesus, Teller of Stories.

The Parable of the Lost Sheep Lk 15:1-7
(Re-written from the script on Sydney RE Online)
You will need:

  • Good Shepherd figure, several  sheep, one lost sheep
  • green felt underlay, felt strips/ pop sticks etc. for sheepfold, a patch of light blue felt or material for water, patches of dark brown felt or hessian, rocks.
  • Bible
Children are seated in a semi-circle ready to listen to the story.
When the children are settled, go to the shelf and carry the materials as you would the Bible. Place these beside you. 
Place class Bible in front of you with your hand on it.
 
This story comes from our special book which we call the Bible.
This is another story about the Good Shepherd. In Luke’s Gospel, it is called the Parable of the Lost Sheep.
Place Bible beside you.
Roll out the green underlay.
This is the soft, green grass.Place the blue felt patch and say:
This is the nice cool water.Place the dark brown felt pieces to create rocky areas and places of danger.
These are the dark places in our story. It’s very dark in these places and it could be dangerous.

Build the sheepfold, place sheep inside.
This is the sheepfold. The sheep are safe in here.

Hold the Good Shepherd as you say:
The Good Shepherd loves his sheep very much. 

Move shepherd out, fold back one side of the sheepfold to form an opening
Move one sheep at a time, each sheep following after him.

He protects the sheep from dangers.
 
Move one sheep away from the group to the rocky outcrop 
Sometimes one of the sheep goes off by itself and gets lost.

Move remaining sheep back into sheepfold.
The shepherd herds his sheep back into the sheepfold and notices that one is missing

Move shepherd to look for the lost sheep.
When this happens, the shepherd will leave all his other sheep safe in the sheepfold.
He checks that the gate is locked.

Move shepherd away to look for lost one.
He will then go and look for the one that is lost. 
He will keep searching and calling out until he has found the lost sheep.

Move the shepherd until he comes to the rocky outcrop 
The shepherd looks everywhere, even though it is dark and dangerous. 

Put lost sheep on the shepherd’s shoulder and take it back into the sheepfold.
When he finds the sheep, he puts it on his shoulder and carries it safely home.

Move the shepherd in celebration.
He calls his friends and neighbours to celebrate the safe return of the lost sheep.
Carefully pack story materials into a storage box and put on the shelf.
Ensure that children are watching so they know how to pack the materials away and where to find them.